What Is the What
by
 
Eggers, Dave

Title
What Is the What
 
The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng: A Novel

Author
Eggers, Dave

Subject
Drama
 
Fiction

Description
In a heartrending and astonishing novel, Dave Eggers illuminates the history of the civil war in Sudan through the eyes of Valentino Achak Deng, a refugee now living in the United States. We follow his life as he's driven from his home as a boy and walks, with thousands of orphans, to Ethiopia, where he finds safety -- for a time. Valentino's travels, truly Biblical in scope, bring him in contact with government soldiers, janjaweed-like militias, liberation rebels, hyenas and lions, disease and starvation -- and a string of unexpected romances. Ultimately, Valentino finds safety in Kenya and, just after the millennium, is finally resettled in the United States, from where this novel is narrated. In this book, written with expansive humanity and surprising humor, we come to understand the nature of the conflicts in Sudan, the refugee experience in America, the dreams of the Dinka people, and the challenge one indomitable man faces in a world collapsing around him.

Publisher
Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC
 
Blackstone Publishing

Date
2007/07/01

Digital Format
MP3
 
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Language
English