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Dave Eggers wowed even his most ardent skeptics with What Is the What, the "autobiography" of a Sudanese immigrant that Eggers wrote based on interviews with Valentino Achak Deng. Now Eggers is back with Zeitoun, which examines the disappearance of a Syrian-American father of four in post-Katrina New Orleans. Fans of Eggers's previous work will be equally enthralled with this unforgettable book.
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When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a prosperous Syrian-American and father of four, chose to stay through the storm to protect his house and contracting business. In the days after the storm, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and helping those he could. A week later, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared.

Dave Eggers's riveting nonfiction book, three years in the making, explores Zeitoun's roots in Syria, his marriage to Kathy — an American who converted to Islam — and their children, and the surreal atmosphere (in New Orleans and the United States generally) in which what happened to Abdulrahman Zeitoun was possible.

Like What Is the What, Zeitoun was written in close collaboration with its subjects and involved vast research — in this case, in the United States, Spain, and Syria.

Review:

"This is a beautiful book. Zeitoun is a poignant, haunting, ethereal story about New Orleans in peril. Eggers has bottled up the feeling of post-Katrina despair better than anyone else. This is a simple story with a lingering radiance. My admiration for the humanist spirit of Eggers knows no bounds." Douglas Brinkley, author of The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Review:

"Zeitoun is an American epic. The post-Katrina trials of Abdulrahman Zeitoun would have baffled even Kafka's Joseph K. Though Zeitoun's story could have been a source of cynicism or despair, Dave Eggers's clear and elegant prose manages to deftly capture many of the signature shortcomings of American life while holding onto the innate optimism and endless drive to more closely match our ideals that Zeitoun and his adopted land share. Juggling these contradictions, Eggers captures the puzzle of America." Billy Sothern, author of Down in New Orleans

Review:

"Zeitoun is a gripping and amazing story that highlights so much about the tragedy of Katrina, post-9/11 life for Arabs and Muslims, and the beautiful nature of American multi-cultural society." Yousef Munayyer, policy analyst, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

Review:

"Zeitoun is an instant American classic carved from fierce eloquence and a haunting moral sensibility. By wrestling with the demons of xenophobia and racial profiling that converged in the swirling vortex of Hurricane Katrina and post-9/11 America, Eggers lets loose the angels of wisdom and courage that hover over the lives of the beleaguered, but miraculously unbroken, Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun. This is a major work full of fire and wit by one of our most important writers." Michael Eric Dyson, author of Come Hell or High Water

Synopsis:

“This is a beautiful book. Zeitoun is a poignant, haunting, ethereal story about New Orleans in peril. Eggers has bottled up the feeling of post- Katrina despair better than anyone else. This is a simple story with a lingering

radiance. My admiration for the humanist spirit of Eggers knows no bounds.”

— Douglas Brinkley, author of The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Zeitoun is an American epic. The post-Katrina trials of Abdulrahman

Zeitoun would have baffled even Kafkas Joseph K. Though Zeitouns story could have been a source of cynicism or despair, Dave Eggerss clear and elegant prose manages to deftly capture many of the signature shortcomings of American life while holding onto the innate optimism and endless drive to more closely match our ideals that Zeitoun and his adopted land share. Juggling these contradictions, Eggers captures the puzzle of America.” — Billy Sothern, author of Down in New Orleans

Zeitoun is a gripping and amazing story that highlights so much about the tragedy of Katrina, post-9/11 life for Arabs and Muslims, and the beautiful nature of American multi-cultural society.”

— Yousef Munayyer, policy analyst, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

"Zeitoun is an instant American classic carved from fierce eloquence and a haunting moral sensibility. By wrestling with the demons of xenophobia and racial profiling that converged in the swirling vortex of Hurricane Katrina and post-9/11 America, Eggers lets loose the angels of wisdom and courage that hover over the lives of the beleaguered, but miraculously unbroken, Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun. This is a major work full of fire and wit by one of our most important writers."

— Michael Eric Dyson, author of Come Hell or High Water

About the Author

Dave Eggers is the editor of McSweeney's and a cofounder of 826 National, a network of nonprofit writing and tutoring centers for youth, located in seven cities across the United States. He is the author of several books, including What Is the What and How We Are Hungry, and co-wrote the screenplay for the feature film Away We Go.

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Jennifer Halai, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Jennifer Halai)
An immigrant story, a Muslim story, a Hurricane Katrina story - Dave Eggers probes the depths of each in this outstanding amalgamation
of biography, novel, and investigative report.
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Carol Chadwick, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Carol Chadwick)
This was an amazing and informative account of what happened to some people after the hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans. It was a fascinating and gripping read, even more so because it is non fiction. Although it did not win the American Book Award, I think it should have! This is a book that shows how a calamity like Katrina brings out the best and worst in people. Well worth a read!
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DEBRA DICKEY, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by DEBRA DICKEY)
Fascinating angle for a true story of the pre and post Katrina experience through the eyes of a man who is being racially profiled. Never knew any of this went down after Katrina and feel it is a very important story to be heard.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781934781630
Author:
Eggers, Dave
Publisher:
McSweeney's Books
Author:
Eggers, David
Subject:
United States - State & Local - South
Subject:
United States - 21st Century
Subject:
Disasters & Disaster Relief
Subject:
Hurricane Katrina, 2005 - Social aspects
Subject:
Disaster victims - Louisiana - New Orleans
Subject:
New Orleans (La.)
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20090731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
342
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6 in 19.5 lb

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Dave Eggers wowed even his most ardent skeptics with What Is the What, the "autobiography" of a Sudanese immigrant that Eggers wrote based on interviews with Valentino Achak Deng. Now Eggers is back with Zeitoun, which examines the disappearance of a Syrian-American father of four in post-Katrina New Orleans. Fans of Eggers's previous work will be equally enthralled with this unforgettable book.

"Review" by , "This is a beautiful book. Zeitoun is a poignant, haunting, ethereal story about New Orleans in peril. Eggers has bottled up the feeling of post-Katrina despair better than anyone else. This is a simple story with a lingering radiance. My admiration for the humanist spirit of Eggers knows no bounds." Douglas Brinkley, author of The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast
"Review" by , "Zeitoun is an American epic. The post-Katrina trials of Abdulrahman Zeitoun would have baffled even Kafka's Joseph K. Though Zeitoun's story could have been a source of cynicism or despair, Dave Eggers's clear and elegant prose manages to deftly capture many of the signature shortcomings of American life while holding onto the innate optimism and endless drive to more closely match our ideals that Zeitoun and his adopted land share. Juggling these contradictions, Eggers captures the puzzle of America."
"Review" by , "Zeitoun is a gripping and amazing story that highlights so much about the tragedy of Katrina, post-9/11 life for Arabs and Muslims, and the beautiful nature of American multi-cultural society."
"Review" by , "Zeitoun is an instant American classic carved from fierce eloquence and a haunting moral sensibility. By wrestling with the demons of xenophobia and racial profiling that converged in the swirling vortex of Hurricane Katrina and post-9/11 America, Eggers lets loose the angels of wisdom and courage that hover over the lives of the beleaguered, but miraculously unbroken, Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun. This is a major work full of fire and wit by one of our most important writers."
"Synopsis" by ,
“This is a beautiful book. Zeitoun is a poignant, haunting, ethereal story about New Orleans in peril. Eggers has bottled up the feeling of post- Katrina despair better than anyone else. This is a simple story with a lingering

radiance. My admiration for the humanist spirit of Eggers knows no bounds.”

— Douglas Brinkley, author of The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Zeitoun is an American epic. The post-Katrina trials of Abdulrahman

Zeitoun would have baffled even Kafkas Joseph K. Though Zeitouns story could have been a source of cynicism or despair, Dave Eggerss clear and elegant prose manages to deftly capture many of the signature shortcomings of American life while holding onto the innate optimism and endless drive to more closely match our ideals that Zeitoun and his adopted land share. Juggling these contradictions, Eggers captures the puzzle of America.” — Billy Sothern, author of Down in New Orleans

Zeitoun is a gripping and amazing story that highlights so much about the tragedy of Katrina, post-9/11 life for Arabs and Muslims, and the beautiful nature of American multi-cultural society.”

— Yousef Munayyer, policy analyst, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

"Zeitoun is an instant American classic carved from fierce eloquence and a haunting moral sensibility. By wrestling with the demons of xenophobia and racial profiling that converged in the swirling vortex of Hurricane Katrina and post-9/11 America, Eggers lets loose the angels of wisdom and courage that hover over the lives of the beleaguered, but miraculously unbroken, Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun. This is a major work full of fire and wit by one of our most important writers."

— Michael Eric Dyson, author of Come Hell or High Water

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