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When Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011, the British-Libyan novelist Hisham Matar hoped he would finally discover the truth about his father. Jaballa Matar was a leading Libyan opposition figure living in Egypt, when in 1990 he was kidnapped and imprisoned in Tripoli. At the time Hisham was 20 years old and exiled in England. The family received smuggled letters and even a tape recording from Jaballa, but after a mass execution in the prison in 1996, there was silence. Most likely, Jaballa was killed then, but Hisham could never…

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