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In this stunning debut novel, Agu, a young boy in an unnamed West African nation, is recruited into a unit of guerrilla fighters as civil war engulfs his country. Haunted by his father's own death at the hands of militants, which he fled just before witnessing, Agu is vulnerable to the dangerous yet paternal nature of his new commander. While the war rages on, Agu becomes increasingly divorced from the life he had known before the conflict started — a life of school friends, church services, and time with his family still intact. As he vividly recalls these sunnier times, his daily reality spins further downward into inexplicable brutality, primal fear, and loss of selfhood. His relationship with his commander deepens even as it darkens, and his camaraderie with a fellow soldier lends a deceptive sense of normalcy to his experience. In a powerful, strikingly original voice that vividly captures Agu's youth and confusion, Uzodinma Iweala has produced a harrowing, deeply affecting novel. Both a searing take on coming-of-age and a vivid document of the dark face of war, Beasts of No Nation announces the arrival of an extraordinary new writer.

Synopsis:

Recruited by a unit of guerrilla fighters after the brutal murder of his father by militants, a west African student falls under the spell of his dangerous commander and finds his new life increasingly contrasting with his former existence of family times, school friendships, and church services. A first novel. Reader's Guide available. Reprint.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061844546
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
Iweala, Uzodinma
Author:
Uzodinma Iweala
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
War & Military
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Child soldiers
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
War stories
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Military
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20060815
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
142

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"Synopsis" by , Recruited by a unit of guerrilla fighters after the brutal murder of his father by militants, a west African student falls under the spell of his dangerous commander and finds his new life increasingly contrasting with his former existence of family times, school friendships, and church services. A first novel. Reader's Guide available. Reprint.
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