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    DescriptionWhat is the 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). Dave Eggers is the author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, You Shall Know Our Velocity and How We Are Hungry. He is also the editor of McSweeney's, a literary journal and book publishing outfit, and the founder of 826 Valencia, a non-profit educational centre with nine locations in six cities. In 2004 he started the Voice of Witness, a series of books that use oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. All of the author's proceeds from this book will go to the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation. Read more at website.


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    Title
    What is the What
    Subtitle
    The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng : a Novel
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Dave Eggers
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 560
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 40 mm
    Weight: 381 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780141015743
    ISBN 10: 0141015748
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    DC22: FIC
    Libri: ENGM1010
    DC22: 813.6
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Libri: AMER3710
    Ingram Subject Code: CKFC
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Edition
    8000
    Edition statement
    new edition.
    Illustrations note
    map
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date
    03 July 2008
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Dave Eggers is the author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, You Shall Know Our Velocity and How We Are Hungry. He is also the editor of McSweeney's, a literary journal and book publishing outfit, and the founder of 826 Valencia, a non-profit educational centre with nine locations in six cities. In 2004 he started the Voice of Witness, a series of books that use oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. All of the author's proceeds from this book will go to the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation. Read more at: www.valentinoachakdeng.com.
    Review quote
    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