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What is the What

What is the What

Author(s): Dave Eggers

Location(s): Ethiopia, Sudan

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1980s

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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 . . .

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