New PDF release: All Our Names

By Dinaw Mengestu

ISBN-10: 0385349998

ISBN-13: 9780385349994

From acclaimed writer Dinaw Mengestu, a recipient of the nationwide publication Foundation's five lower than 35 award, the recent Yorker's 20 less than forty award, and a 2012 MacArthur origin genius provide, comes an unforgettable love tale a few searing affair among an American lady and an African guy in Nineteen Seventies the USA and an unflinching novel concerning the fragmentation of lives that straddle international locations and histories.

All Our Names is the tale of 2 younger males who come of age in the course of an African revolution, drawn from the secure confines of the college campus into the intensifying clamor of the streets outdoor. yet because the line among idealism and violence turns into more and more blurred, the chums are pushed apart--one into the inner most peril, because the flow gathers inexorable strength, and the opposite into the protection of exile within the American Midwest. There, pretending to be an alternate pupil, he falls in love with a social employee and settles into small-town lifestyles. but this idyll is inescapably darkened by means of the secrets and techniques of his previous: the acts he devoted and the paintings he left unfinished. such a lot of all, he's haunted by means of the cherished good friend he left at the back of, the charismatic chief who first guided him to revolution after which sacrificed every thing to make sure his freedom.

Elegiac, blazing with insights in regards to the actual and emotional geographies that circumscribe our lives, All Our Names is a wonder of imaginative and prescient and tonal command. Writing in the grand culture of Naipul, Greene, and Achebe, Mengestu provides us a political novel that also is a transfixing portrait of affection and charm, of self-determination and the names we're given and the names we earn.

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