by Dave Eggers (Author)


In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, longtime New Orleans residents Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun are cast into unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water. Good Samaritan Abdulrahman has stayed on in the city, traversing its deeply flooded streets by canoe, feeding trapped dogs and rescuing survivors, as New Orleans becomes a disaster zone. But nothing could prepare him for the wholly unexpected nightmare that follows...


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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
Published: 15 Mar 2010

ISBN 10: 0241144841
ISBN 13: 9780241144848
Prizes: Winner of Dayton Literary Peace Prize: Non-Fiction 2010.

Media Reviews
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, beautiful book with a lingering radiance -- Douglas Brinkley, author of The Great Deluge
An instant American classic. 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
The shocking tale of a true New Orleans hero. This is narrative non-fiction at its very, very best * Herald *
Eggers usesz Zeitoun's eyes to report on America's reasonless, post-Katrina world. Reminiscent of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's documentaries, this is a true story told with the skills of a master of fiction. Immensely readable' * Independent *
Masterly, Billiantly crafted, powerfully written and deftly reported * Guardian *
The stuff of great narrative non-fiction. Fifty years from now, when people what to know what happened to this once-great city, they will be talking about a family named Zeitoun * The New York Times Book Review *
Shocking * The Times *
Extraordinary, gripping * Daily Telegraph *
Terrifying * Observer *
Riveting * Vanity Fair *
Author Bio
Dave Eggers is the author of eleven books, including The Circle; Heroesof the Frontier; A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award; and What is the What, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of France's Prix Medicis Etranger and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. His non-fiction and journalism have appeared in the Guardian, the New Yorker, the Best American Travel Writing and the Best American Essays.Dave Eggers is the founder of McSweeney's, which publishes original fiction and non-fiction, and distributes the Voice of Witness series of books, which use oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. He is the co-founder of 826 National, a network of youth writing and tutoring centres with locations around the country, and of ScholarMatch, which connects donors with students to make college accessible. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and his work has been translated into forty-two languages. He lives in Northern California with his family.