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Images of freedom have come to epitomize Libya's visual culture. (Louis Quail/In Pictures/Corbis)

In Libya, behold a cultural revolution

23 Apr, 2013 

By Hisham Matar - First published in thedailybeast.com on the 22nd of April, 2013

 

The Libyan poet Khaled Mattawa and I agreed to meet by the Arch of Marcus Aurelius, in the heart of Tripoli. I was there a few minutes early and walked toward the familiar structure in that invisible atmosphere that surrounds us when we find ourselves in a place that has meant a great deal but from which we had been separated. I had not been back to the city of my childhood in over three decades. I left a boy; returned a man.

 

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