What Is the What by Dave Eggers

What Is the What is the story of Valentino Achak Deng, a refugee in war-ravaged southern Sudan who flees from his village in the mid-1980s and becomes one of the so-called Lost Boys. Valentino’s travels bring him in contact with enemy soldiers, with liberation rebels, with hyenas and lions, with disease and starvation, and with deadly murahaleen (militias on horseback)–the same sort who currently terrorize Darfur. Eventually Deng is resettled in the United States with almost 4000 other young Sudanese men, and a very different struggle begins. Based closely on true experiences, What Is the What is heartbreaking and arresting, filled with adventure, suspense, tragedy, and, finally, triumph. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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The 725th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 69th on Top 100 World Literature Titles (Perfection Learning)
  2. - 50 Books to (Re-)Read at 50 (nextavenue)
  3. - The 75 Best Books of the Past 75 Years (Parade Magazine)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
What Is the What Audio CD 2678768 $21.59 $8.44 2007
What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng Hardcover 1676547 $44.16 $9.99 2008
What is the What Paperback 10274 $6.00 $0.01 2007
What is the What Paperback 3397756 $30.00 $0.01
What Is the What The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng Hardcover 2297286 $17.95 $3.87 2005
What Is the What Kindle Edition 30080 2007
What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng Hardcover 320539 $12.83 $0.01 2006
What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng; A Novel Audio CD 627751 $17.00 $3.79 2007
What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng: A Novel Paperback 2643103 $8.00 $0.01 2008
What Is the What Publisher: Vintage Paperback 3634614 $7.37 $1.61
Que es el que/ What Is The What (Spanish Edition) Hardcover 4766520 $25.00 $15.32 2008
Que es el que / What Is The What (Spanish Edition) Paperback 4736595 $12.30 $8.56