Libya – Hugo’s – Outsiders

The latest news on Libya – – in the meantime, here’s some insightful reading material, fiction and non-fiction:

In The Country of Men (Hisham Matar)

Summary: “Shortlisted for the 2006 Man Booker Prize, Matar’s debut novel tracks the effects of Libyan strongman Khadafy’s 1969 September revolution on the el-Dawani family, as seen by nine-year-old Suleiman, who narrates as an adult.”

(Ronald Bruce St. John)

Summary: “In the past half-century, Libya’s history has been dominated by the figure of Mu’ammar al-Qaddafi, the leader whom Nelson Mandela dubbed one of the revolutionary icons of our time. ‘Libya’ details the struggles of the state from Greek settlements in the fifth century BC to the infamous Lockerbie bombing. An enlightening introduction to the land which has been reviled by the West for decades as a repressive and hostile regime.”

In other news – the 2011 Hugo Awards (Sci-Fi Writing) have been anounced.
Best Novel
Blackout/All Clear, Connie Willis (Ballantine Spectra)

Plus –
over at – there’s an interesting article about how author Karin Slaughter hopes to save Libraries 

Whilst over at that garganua-blog, why not peruse it’s piece on the Best Classic Books About Outsiders. (Personal favorite: Vonnegut’s Slapstick)

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