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What is the What

(2006)
The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng
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In a sprawling and epic novel, Dave Eggers illuminates the history of the civil war in Sudan through the eyes of a young boy, Valentino Achak Deng. What is the What tells the story of Valentino and another boy, both caught in the Sudanese civil war. One, at seven, is too young to know what's happening; the other, at ten, is old enough to fight for the rebel army. The two struggle through the brutal war, enduring the surreal world their country has become. In many ways a complete departure from the author's previous works, this book is a straightforward and unflinching portrayal of the madness of war; yet it is also full of unexpected humor and adventure. What ist he What is heartrending and astonishing, filled with adventure, suspense, tragedy and, finally, triumph.

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October 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng
Author(s): Dave Eggers
ISBN: 1-4395-6061-7 / 978-1-4395-6061-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Paw Prints
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October 2007 : USA Library Binding

Title: What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng
Author(s): Dave Eggers
ISBN: 1-61383-830-1 / 978-1-61383-830-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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May 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: What is the What
Author(s): Dave Eggers
ISBN: 0-241-14257-1 / 978-0-241-14257-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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October 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng
Author(s): Dave Eggers
ISBN: 1-932416-64-1 / 978-1-932416-64-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: McSweeney's
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Paperback Editions

July 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: What is the What
Author(s): Dave Eggers
ISBN: 0-14-101574-8 / 978-0-14-101574-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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October 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: What is the What
Author(s): Dave Eggers
ISBN: 0-307-38590-6 / 978-0-307-38590-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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October 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: What is the What
Author(s): Dave Eggers
ISBN: 0-676-97949-1 / 978-0-676-97949-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Books / Random House
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October 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: What is the What
Author(s): Dave Eggers
ISBN: 0-14-103402-5 / 978-0-14-103402-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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March 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: What is the What
Author(s): Dave Eggers
ISBN: 0-241-14258-X / 978-0-241-14258-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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2006 : USA Paperback

Title: what is The What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng
Author(s): Dave Eggers
ISBN: 0-7394-8422-2 / 978-0-7394-8422-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Audio Editions

September 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: What Is the What
Author(s): Dave Eggers
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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September 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: What Is the What
Author(s): Dave Eggers
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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June 2015 : UK Audio CD

Title: What is the What
Author(s): Dave Eggers
ISBN: 1-4712-9873-6 / 978-1-4712-9873-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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March 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: What is the What
Author(s): Dave Eggers
ISBN: 1-62064-913-6 / 978-1-62064-913-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: AudioGO
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September 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng; A Novel
Author(s): Dave Eggers
ISBN: 1-60283-262-5 / 978-1-60283-262-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: AudioGO
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September 2007 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: What Is the What
Author(s): Dave Eggers
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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July 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng; A Novel
Author(s): Dave Eggers
ISBN: 0-7927-4895-6 / 978-0-7927-4895-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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July 2007 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng; A Novel (Sound Library)
Author(s): Dave Eggers
ISBN: 0-7927-4916-2 / 978-0-7927-4916-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audiogo
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Kindle Editions

October 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: What is the What
Author(s): Dave Eggers
Publisher: Penguin
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February 2009 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: What Is the What
Author(s): Dave Eggers
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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November 2007 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: What Is the What
Author(s): Dave Eggers
Publisher: Vintage
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