What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng : a Novel

What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng : a Novel

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By (author) Dave Eggers

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 560 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 40mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 3 July 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141015748
  • ISBN 13: 9780141015743
  • Edition: 8000
  • Edition statement: new edition.
  • Illustrations note: map
  • Sales rank: 6,423

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What is Dave Eggers' astonishing novel about one of the world's most brutal civil wars. Valentino Achak Deng is just a boy when conflict separates him from his family and forces him to leave his small Sudanese village, joining thousands of other orphans on their long, long walk to Ethiopia, where they find safety - for a time. Along the way Valentino encounters enemy soldiers, liberation rebels and deadly militias, hyenas and lions, disease and starvation. But there are experiences ahead that will test his spirit in even greater ways than these...Truly epic in scope, and told with expansive humanity, deep compassion and unexpected humour, What is the What is an eye-opening account of life amid the madness of war and an unforgettable tale of tragedy and triumph. "If there was ever any doubt that Dave Eggers is one of our most important storytellers, What Is the What should put it to rest.. [A] strange, beautiful and unforgettable work." [San Francisco Chronicle]. "A remarkable book: harrowing, witty, wretched, delightful; and always compelling, always surprising." [London Review of Books]. All of the author's proceeds from this book will go to the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation.

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Dave Eggers is the author of ten books, most recently including the trilogy The Circle, A Hologram for the King, (a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award), and Your Fathers, Where Are They, And The Prophets, Do They Live Forever? He is the founder of McSweeney's, an independent publishing company based in San Francisco that produces books, a quarterly journal of new writing (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern), and a monthly magazine, The Believer. McSweeney's also publishes Voice of Witness, a nonprofit book series that uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. Dave Eggers is the co-founder of 826 National, a network of eight tutoring centers around the country and ScholarMatch, a nonprofit organization designed to connect students with resources, schools and donors to make college possible. He lives in Northern California with his family.

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Read Dave Eggers' What is the What - it's the best book of the year Guardian If there was ever any doubt that Dave Eggers is one of our most important storytellers, What Is the What should put it to rest... [A] strange, beautiful and unforgettable work San Francisco Chronicle 'A remarkable book: harrowing, witty, wretched, delightful; and always compelling, always surprising' London Review of Books