Zeitoun

Zeitoun

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By (author) Dave Eggers

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 26mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 24 February 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141046813
  • ISBN 13: 9780141046815
  • Sales rank: 30,940

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Dave Eggers' Zeitoun is the winner of the American Book Award and the LA Times Book Award. In August 2005, as Hurricane Katrina blew in, the city of New Orleans has been abandoned by most citizens. But resident Abdulrahman Zeitoun, though his wife and family had gone, refused to leave. For days he traversed an apocalyptic landscape of flooded streets by canoe. But eventually he came to the attention of those 'guarding' this drowned city. Only then did Zeitoun's nightmare really begin. Zeitoun is the powerful, ultimately uplifting true story of one man's courage when confronted with an awesome force of nature followed by more troubling human oppression. "Eggers uses Zeitoun's eyes to report on America's reasonless post-Katrina world, Reminiscent of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's documentaries, this is a true story told with the skills of a master of fiction. Immensely readable." (Independent). "Masterly. Brilliantly crafted, powerfully written and deftly reported." (Guardian). "The stuff of great narrative non-fiction. Fifty years from now, when people want to know what happened to this once-great city, they will be talking about a family named Zeitoun." (The New York Times Book Review).

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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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Eggers uses Zeitoun's eyes to report on America's reasonless post-Katrina world. Reminiscent of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's documentaries, this is a true story told with the skills of a master of fiction. Immensely readable Independent Masterly. Brilliantly crafted, powerfully written and deftly reported Guardian The shocking tale of a true New Orleans hero. This is narrative non-fiction at its very, very best Herald Shocking The Times Extraordinary, gripping Daily Telegraph Terrifying Observer Riveting Vanity Fair