Wednesday, October 02, 2013
10:30 AM to
Concordia University, St. Paul presents, Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, a collection of novels and memoirs that give a glimpse of what life is like for children and adults living in Muslim-majority societies.
During the 2013-14 academic year Concordia will hold discussions titled "Points of View", featuring five titles in this collection. The selected titles open doors to the experiences of adults and children living in Muslim-majority societies and demonstrate the rich diversity of experience and variety of Muslim opinions, and help recognize and confirm shared values.
The first book to be discussed is Hisham Matar's novel "In the Country of Men".
In Matar’s debut novel, a Libyan boy must come to terms with difficult truths about Libya, loyalty, and truth when his father disappears. On the surface a story of the violence and absurdity of life during the rule of Muammar al-Qaddafi, In the Country of Men (New York: Dial Press Trade Paperbacks, 2006) describes the politics of childhood more than the politics of nations. Just as the plot brilliantly unfolds in unpredictable ways, we are catapulted forward to the next decade. We are left to reflect on the ties that bind us all—the universal embarrassments and frustrations of childhood, the challenge of constructing meaning from memory, and the presence of unavoidable truths.
Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, a reading and discussion series, has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association.