New PDF release: All Our Names

By Dinaw Mengestu

From acclaimed writer Dinaw Mengestu, a recipient of the nationwide e-book Foundation's five less than 35 award, the recent Yorker's 20 lower than forty award, and a 2012 MacArthur starting place genius supply, comes an unforgettable love tale a few searing affair among an American lady and an African guy in Nineteen Seventies the US and an unflinching novel in regards to the fragmentation of lives that straddle nations and histories.

All Our Names is the tale of 2 younger males who come of age in the course of an African revolution, drawn from the secure confines of the collage campus into the intensifying clamor of the streets outdoor. yet because the line among idealism and violence turns into more and more blurred, the buddies are pushed apart--one into the private peril, because the circulation gathers inexorable strength, and the opposite into the security of exile within the American Midwest. There, pretending to be an alternate scholar, he falls in love with a social employee and settles into small-town lifestyles. but this idyll is inescapably darkened by way of the secrets and techniques of his earlier: the acts he dedicated and the paintings he left unfinished. so much of all, he's haunted by way of the liked pal he left in the back of, the charismatic chief who first guided him to revolution after which sacrificed every thing to make sure his freedom.

Elegiac, blazing with insights concerning the actual and emotional geographies that circumscribe our lives, All Our Names is a surprise of imaginative and prescient and tonal command. Writing in the grand culture of Naipul, Greene, and Achebe, Mengestu provides us a political novel that also is a transfixing portrait of affection and style, of self-determination and the names we're given and the names we earn.

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Difficile da dire, come tutto, per me. C'è stato un tempo in cui potevo davvero essere qualcosa per un uomo, per un uomo come te... Ora è tardi, ti dico; è tardi per tutto ». « Ah, è questo! Saresti tanto ingenerosa da non dare quello che puoi sol perché prima potevi dare di più (ammettiamo che sia vero); da negarti all'uomo che ami perché non puoi più darti (sempre ammettendo che sia vero) nel pieno fulgore della tua bellezza, della gioventù? Non è possibile questo». « Ma io non ti amo, Lorenzo.

A conferma di ciò, vidi in questo punto una coppia di fantasmi che, di corsa e con sommesso riso, rientravano per altra porticina sul fianco. E ora, volendo procedere spedito, dirò subito che quella scoperta bastò per far passare il mio interesse generico e di mera curiosità, in personale e ragionato. Difatto, quale miglior occasione avrei potuto trovare per esercitare la mia attività, e conseguentemente sfamarmi, di questa? Introdursi nella casa doveva essere la cosa più facile del mondo, vista la gran confusione che c'era, e che le porte erano aperte, che tutto era buio, che i padroni avevano dimolti grilli per il capo.

Bisogna dire soltanto che temiamo un estraneo, che so, un malandrino, si sia introdotto qui dentro. Si capisce che non la berrà, ma insomma... E non dir nulla alle donne, per carità. Ah, eccolo. Dunque, Filippo, noi temiamo... uhm... abbiamo ragione di temere che qualcuno sia penetrato qui e... e ora sarebbe lungo 54 spiegare. Voi sapete certamente quanti sono i fantasmi? Bene, si tratta di ricontarli e riconoscerli uno per uno. Siamo intesi? ». « Bene, signor conte, sarà un po' difficile in queste condizioni, ma mi proverò.

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