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All Our Names

Dinaw Mengestu

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

From Dinaw Mengestu, a recipient of the National Book Foundation's 5 under 35 Award, the New Yorker's 20 under 40 Award, and a 2012 MacArthur Foundation genius grant, comes a novel about exile, about the loneliness and fragmentation of lives that straddle countries and histories. All Our Names is the story of a young man who comes of age during an African revolution, drawn from the hushed halls of his university into the intensifying clamor of the streets outside. But as the line between idealism and violence becomes increasingly blurred, and the path of revolution leads to almost certain destruction, he leaves behind his country and friends for America. There, pretending to be an exchange student, he falls in love with a social worker and settles into the routines of small-town life. Yet this idyll is inescapably darkened by the secrets of his past: the acts he committed and the work he left unfinished. Most of all, he is haunted by the charismatic leader who first guided him to revolution and then sacrificed everything to ensure his freedom. Subtle, intelligent, and quietly devastating, All Our Names is a novel about identity, about the names we are given and the names we earn. The emotional power of Mengestu's work is indelible.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Saskia Maarleveld, Korey Jackson

Length:

8h 32m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:16


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

18:30


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

26:53


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

15:51


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

20:45


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

17:20


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

12:45


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

23:21


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

28:32


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

27:29


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

13:48


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

17:22


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

06:47


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

20:03


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

06:14


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

14:40


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

08:04


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

19:03


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

31:28


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

22:31


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

12:06


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

14:57


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

09:30


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

14:34


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

16:53


Part 2, Chapter 25
Part 2, Chapter 25

10:20


Part 2, Chapter 26
Part 2, Chapter 26

07:27


Part 2, Chapter 27
Part 2, Chapter 27

06:50


Part 2, Chapter 28
Part 2, Chapter 28

07:20


Part 2, Chapter 29
Part 2, Chapter 29

15:12


Part 2, Chapter 30
Part 2, Chapter 30

19:49


Part 2, Chapter 31
Part 2, Chapter 31

24:13


Part 2, Chapter 32
Part 2, Chapter 32

01:39