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Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
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'Harrowing, spellbinding . . . nothing less than an indictment of the entire Bush era' Observer, 'Shocking' The Times

In August, 2005, as Hurricane Katrina blew in, the city of New Orleans had 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. He protected neighbours' properties, fed trapped dogs and rescued survivors. 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.

Reviews

'Terrifying' Observer
'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 Zeitoun' New York Times Book Review
'Riveting' Vanity Fair
'A peerless piece of reporting of paranoia, Islamophobia, and an unravelling city' Esquire

Author Biography

Dave Eggers is the author of six previous books, including What is the What, a finalist for the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of France's Prix Medicis Etranger. Eggers is the founder and editor of McSweeney's, an independent publishing house based in San Francisco. In 2002, he co-founded 826 National, a network of nonprofit writing and tutoring centers for youth throughout the United States. As a journalist, Eggers's work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Time, and Esquire. In 2004, Eggers taught at the University of California-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and there he cofounded Voice of Witness, a series of books using oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world.
Release date NZ
February 24th, 2011
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Penguin Books Ltd
Pages
368
Dimensions
129x198x22
ISBN-13
9780141046815
Product ID
9600974

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