Anatomy of a Disappearance
Hisham Matar

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Narrated By: Khalid Abdalla

Duration: 5 hours and 28 minutes

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Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition Anatomy of a Disappearance by Hisham Matar, read by Khalid Abdalla.

In Egypt, Nuri, a teenage boy, falls in love with Mona - the woman his father will marry. Consumed with longing, Nuri wants to get his father out of the way - to take his place in Mona's heart. But when his father disappears, Nuri regrets what he wished for. Alone, he and Mona search desperately for the man they both love. Only for Nuri to discover a silence he cannot break and unimaginable secrets his father never wanted him to know.


Modern & contemporary fiction, Narrative theme: Coming of age, Romance, Family life fiction, Crime & mystery fiction

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Haunting in every sense. An absorbing novel that finds its eloquence in what is left unsaid and its most vivid imagery in what has been lost, possibly for ever

Sunday Times

This beautiful, subtle novel, like the lives of its characters, repays many readings

The Times

Matar suffuses Nuri's education in love and loss with an erotic frisson and fragile grace that lend the book an inner radiance


Submerged grief gives this fine novel the mythic inexorability of Greek tragedy


Hisham Matar is a master of the evocative; he creates his effects, on the page and on our nervous system with the fewest and most telling words. I was spellbound

Ahdaf Soueif

Each time I had to put it down I couldn't wait to get back to it

Michael Frayn

Sensually written, there is an extravagant feel even to the simplest sentence. From start to finish that exquisitely profound quality of uncertainty is the most wrenching aspect of all

Sunday Telegraph

I was moved and very impressed

Roddy Doyle

A fable of loss, and an often troubling meditation on fathers and sons. Matar is writing from the heart