What is the What by Dave Eggers
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What is the What
By Dave Eggers

What is the What

The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng : a Novel

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What is the What by Dave Eggers

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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780141015743
ISBN-10: 0141015748
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 33mm)
Pages: 560
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 3-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - 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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