Everything you need to understand or teach The Return by Hisham Matar.
Hisham Matar's The Return is the introspective memoir of the son of a Libyan political prisoner that doubles as a romanticized political history of the country's long-spanning struggle for self-governance. Exiled with his family at the young age of eight, Matar lives a life of questions, that he hopes returning to Libya will answer. The most pressing, frustrating, and exhausting question for Matar is the mystery of the fate of his father, who was kidnapped and imprisoned in 1990, and has not been seen or heard from since 1996. The book represents the journey taken by Matar, not only back to Libya, but the introspective journey through his own experiences and memories in order to define his own complex, dynamic identity.