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The Resource All our names, Dinaw Mengestu

All our names, Dinaw Mengestu

Label
All our names
Title
All our names
Statement of responsibility
Dinaw Mengestu
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
An unforgettable love story about a searing affair between an American woman and an African man in 1970s America and an unflinching novel about the fragmentation of lives that straddle countries and histories. All Our Names is the story of two young men who come of age during an African revolution, drawn from the safe confines of the university campus into the intensifying clamor of the streets outside. But as the line between idealism and violence becomes increasingly blurred, the friends are driven apart--one into the deepest peril, as the movement gathers inexorable force, and the other into the safety of exile in the American Midwest. There, pretending to be an exchange student, he falls in love with a social worker and settles into small-town life. Yet this idyll is inescapably darkened by the secrets of his past: the acts he committed and the work he left unfinished. Most of all, he is haunted by the beloved friend he left behind, the charismatic leader who first guided him to revolution and then sacrificed everything to ensure his freedom. Elegiac, blazing with insights about the physical and emotional geographies that circumscribe our lives, All Our Names is a marvel of vision and tonal command. Writing within the grand tradition of Naipul, Greene, and Achebe, Mengestu gives us a political novel that is also a transfixing portrait of love and grace, of self-determination and the names we are given and the names we earn.--Publisher's description
Summary
A story of a African young man who was drawn into African revolution leaves behind his country and friends for America as the path of revolution leads to almost certain destruction. There, pretending to be an exchange student, he falls in love with a social worker and settles into the routines of small-town life. Yet this idyll is inescapably darkened by the secrets of his past.
Storyline
Pace
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
New York Times Notable Book, 2014
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10276008
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1978-
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Mengestu, Dinaw
Dewey number
813.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3613.E487
LC item number
A66 2014
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Students, Foreign
  • African Americans
  • Identity (Psychology)
  • Alienation (Social psychology)
  • Women social workers
Target audience
general
Label
All our names, Dinaw Mengestu
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
255 pages
Isbn
9780385349987
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013031632
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)849198719
Label
All our names, Dinaw Mengestu
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
255 pages
Isbn
9780385349987
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013031632
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)849198719

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