Zeitoun (Versione italiana)

Zeitoun (Versione italiana)

by Dave Eggers
     
 
In seguito all'uragano Kathrina, due residenti di lunga data a New Orleans, Abdulrahman e Kathy Zeitoun, si ritrovano a dover combattere una battaglia assurda contro forze che vanno ben oltre quelle del vento e dell'acqua. In questa opera di non fiction, sorprendente e profondamente umana, i lettori potranno vedere con occhi nuovi il peggior disastro naturale degli

Overview

In seguito all'uragano Kathrina, due residenti di lunga data a New Orleans, Abdulrahman e Kathy Zeitoun, si ritrovano a dover combattere una battaglia assurda contro forze che vanno ben oltre quelle del vento e dell'acqua. In questa opera di non fiction, sorprendente e profondamente umana, i lettori potranno vedere con occhi nuovi il peggior disastro naturale degli Stati Uniti, scoprendo tutte le speranze e le contraddizioni di un momento unico della storia americana. "Immaginatevi un Charles Dickens, meno sentimentale ma coi suoi occhi di giornalista ben spalancati, a zonzo per New Orleans, dopo l'uragano Kathrina... Il tono di Eggers è perfetto: suspense mista alla dose di informazione necessaria a muovere i lettori allo scandalo e a quella che probabilmente è la reazione tipica: come può essere successa una cosa del genere in America?... Questa è nonfiction narrativa di gran classe... Fra cinquant'anni, quando qualcuno vorrà capire cosa sia successo a quella che era stata una grande città in occasione di un evento così vergognoso della nostra storia, dovrà ancora fare i conti con una famiglia di nome Zeitoun..." "The New York Times Book Review" "Zeitoun è una storia emozionante e affascinante che mette perfettamente in luce la tragedia di Kathrina, la vita dopo l'11 settembre degli arabi e dei musulmani, e la splendida natura della società multiculturale americana." Yousef Munayyer, Comitato americano-arabo antidiscriminazione mcsweeneys.net voiceofwitness.org 826national.org valentinoachakdeng.org zeitounfoundation.org

Editorial Reviews

Timothy Egan
In Zeitoun, what Dave Eggers has found in the Katrina mud is the full-fleshed story of a single family, and in telling that story he hits larger targets with more punch than those who have already attacked the thematic and historic giants of this disaster. It's the stuff of great narrative nonfiction. Eggers…has given us 21st-century Dickensian storytelling—which is to say, a character-driven potboiler with a point. But here's the real trick: He does it without any writerly triple-lutzes or winks of post­modern irony. There are no rants against President Bush, no cheap shots at the authorities who let this city drown. He does it the old-fashioned way: with show-not-tell prose, in the most restrained of voices.
—The New York Times
Library Journal
Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius) chronicles the tribulations of Syrian-born painting contractor Abdulrahman Zeitoun, who, while aiding in rescue efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, was inexplicably arrested by military personnel and swept into a bureaucratic maelstrom of civil injustices. Audie Award nominee Firdous Bamji (The Enchantress of Florence) conveys the sense of pending disaster, the fear, the distress, and the ultimate sense of relief Zeitoun must have felt upon his release. This Kafkaesque story is sure to shock, horrify, and outrage listeners and will especially appeal to those who enjoy nonfiction survival stories. It should be required reading/listening to ensure that nothing like the events described here will ever be repeated. [The McSweeney's hc, published in July 2009, was a New York Times best seller; see also J. Sara Paulk's review of Eggers's The Wild Things, p. 60.—Ed.]—Joanna M. Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island Libs., Providence

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9788852017186
Publisher:
MONDADORI
Publication date:
10/07/2010
Sold by:
ARNOLDO MONDADORI - EBKS
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,000,405
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author

Dave Eggers is the author of six previous books, including his most recent, Zeitoun, a nonfiction account a Syrian-American immigrant and his extraordinary experience during Hurricane Katrina and What Is the What, a finalist for the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award. That book, about Valentino Achak Deng, a survivor of the civil war in southern Sudan, gave birth to the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation, run by Mr. Deng and dedicated to building secondary schools in southern Sudan. Eggers is the founder and editor of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing house based in San Francisco that produces a quarterly journal, a monthly magazine (The Believer), and Wholphin, a quarterly DVD of short films and documentaries. In 2002, with Nínive Calegari he co-founded 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center for youth in the Mission District of San Francisco. Local communities have since opened sister 826 centers in Chicago, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Ann Arbor, Seattle, and Boston. In 2004, Eggers taught at the University of California–Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and there, with Dr. Lola Vollen, he co-founded Voice of Witness, a series of books using oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. A native of Chicago, Eggers graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism. He now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children.

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