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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 26mm | 240.4g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141046813
  • 9780141046815
  • 32,314

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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

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About Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers was born in Boston in 1970. He is the author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, You Shall Know Our Velocity, The Unforbidden is Compulsory, How We Are Hungry, Short Short Stories, Teachers Have It Easy, Surviving Justice, What is the What, How the Water Feels to the Fishes, The Wild Things, Zeitoun, A Hologram for the King, The Circle and Your Fathers, Where Are They? And The Prophets, Do They Live Forever? A Hologram for the King and The Circle are both currently in production for major film adaptations. Dave Eggers is the founder of McSweeney's independent publishing house, the 826 National network, and the nonprofit organisation ScholarMatch. He lives in Northern California with his family and his next novel is forthcoming in 2016.

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