What Is the What by Dave Eggers
Reviewed by Lee Siegel
The New Republic Online
"I. As I was trying to make sense of Dave Eggers's strange new book, I came across a piece of writing that captured the general cultural atmosphere in which Eggers's book took shape. Not long ago, in the course of reviewing Martin Amis's novel House of Meetings, most of which takes place in a Soviet gulag, Joan Acocella bestowed on readers of the New Yorker this illumination: 'Amis, like Primo Levi, his great predecessor in prison-camp memorialization, is able to calculate degrees of anguish.'..." Read the entire New Republic Online review.