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Dinaw Mengestu

Autor(a) de The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

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About the Author

Dinaw Mengestu was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1978. In 1980, he, his mother, and his sister immigrated to the United States to join his father, who fled Ethiopia during the Red Terror. He graduated from Georgetown University and Columbia University's MFA program in fiction. He is the author mostrar mais of The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears and How to Read the Air. He has also written for several publications including Rolling Stone and Harper's. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Image credit: Dinaw Mengestu. Photo courtesy of US Embassy Canada.

Obras por Dinaw Mengestu

How to Read the Air (2010) 485 exemplares
All Our Names (2014) 465 exemplares
Someone Like Us: A novel (2024) 4 exemplares
Tutti i nostri nomi (2015) 3 exemplares
Paper Revolution 1 exemplar

Associated Works

20 Under 40: Stories from The New Yorker (2010) — Contribuidor — 169 exemplares
Granta 108: Chicago (2009) — Contribuidor — 142 exemplares
The Decameron Project: 29 New Stories from the Pandemic (2020) — Contribuidor — 112 exemplares
Granta 114: Aliens (2011) — Contribuidor — 94 exemplares
Granta 139: Best of Young American Novelists (2017) — Contribuidor — 71 exemplares
Africa39: New Writing from Africa South of the Sahara (2014) — Contribuidor — 65 exemplares


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Reading for book club. Almost skipped it because the titled sounded similar to "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" (ugh). But the book has nothing to do with heaven nor is it religious in any way.

Now I wish I had skipped it. The writing is good but it amounts to nothing of substance padded with sad incidents that teach nothing and the minutes of the protagonist's day which are entirely wasted - as was my time reading this.
donwon | 48 outras críticas | Jan 22, 2024 |
Kurze Inhaltsangabe
Was ist Glück? Ein Gefühl von Heimat, Freundschaft, Familie, Liebe? Es sind Geschichten, die den Äthiopier Sepha Stephanos in der neuen, noch immer fremden Heimat am Leben halten - die Romane, mit denen er in seinem kleinen Laden den Tag verbringt, die Erzählungen seiner Freunde, Afrikaner wie er, die Erinnerungen an das Land, das er verlassen hat. Seit Sepha vor siebzehn Jahren fliehen musste, hat er in den USA keine Wurzeln geschlagen. Er hat den Kampf beinahe aufgegeben, als er neue Nachbarn bekommt. Die Freundschaft zu dem klugen, lesehungrigen Mädchen Naomi bringt plötzlich Leben in Sephas Alltag, die Liebe zu ihrer Mutter Judith, einer weißen Professorin, schenkt ihm die Hoffnung, dass es doch noch so etwas wie Glück für ihn geben könnte. In seinem Debüt erzählt der junge äthiopisch-amerikanische Autor Dinaw Mengestu von einem Schicksal, wie es in den Zeiten der globalen Flüchtlingsströme alltäglich ist - von Wurzellosigkeit, Sehnsucht und dem Funken Hoffnung, der immer wieder aufblitzt.… (mais)
ela82 | 48 outras críticas | Nov 14, 2023 |
Reason read: African Novel Challenge
Dinaw Mengestu was born in Ethiopia but came to the US as a child. He is American author. This is the story of two young men who come of age during the revolution. It is told in two voices; the voice of Helen (an American) and Isaac.The main themes are dislocation and self-reinvention. The author has won awards for his works and is the author of four novels.
Kristelh | 25 outras críticas | Apr 15, 2023 |
It was a treat to read a novel set in the very neighborhood where I live (Logan Circle in Washington, DC), and to receive a fictionalized retelling of some of the gentrification stories that occurred not long before I moved here in 2011. The protagonist is a striving immigrant who burns out on running his neighborhood bodega in the face of isolation and wistfulness, and whose new neighbors bring him a temporary reprieve. As you can imagine, this is not a light read, and overall I think the main characters all had to contend with very hard lives. But the arc of the plot does go interesting places, and makes DC into the only place where these events could occur; it just ends too abruptly.… (mais)
jonerthon | 48 outras críticas | Jul 2, 2022 |



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