Erano solo ragazzi in camminoby Dave Eggers
In questo sconvolgente e bellissimo romanzo, Eggers racconta la storia della guerra civile in Sudan attraverso gli occhi di Valentino Achak Deng, un giovanissimo profugo che ora vive negli Stati Uniti. Seguiamo così la sua storia mentre, ancora bambino, si trova costretto a fuggire dal suo villaggio, dopo l'ennesima strage, e si incammina insieme a migliaia di altri orfani alla volta dell'Etiopia, dove per un po' sarà al sicuro. Le traversie di Valentino, che sono davvero di sapore biblico, lo mettono in contatto con soldati governativi, miliziani allo stato brado, ribelli, mine antiuomo, iene, leoni, malattie, fame, sete e privazioni di ogni sorta - ma anche con una serie di storie tanto struggenti quanto inattese.
La limpida prosa di Eggers dà a Valentino una voce unica, affascinante e sobria, capace di rendere il suo racconto ora straziante, ora divertente, ora inquietante, ora poetico. Il risultato è una narrazione terribile della tragedia sudanese, ma anche un'emblematica saga della modernità - della ricerca di una casa e di una propria identità in un mondo perennemente instabile e impazzito.
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