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Eggers, Dave (Author) & Deng, Valentino Achak (Subject). WHAT IS THE WHAT: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF VALENTINO ACHAK DENG. San Francisco, CA: McSweeney's, 2006. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 475 pages. Fine.

The author's first nonfiction novel. One of the most important literary events of the year 2006. The "Brown-Board" First Edition. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. While it is now widely known that Eggers the publisher was unhappy with the edition's production values, stopped the presses, and ran a significantly revised new edition (which he considers the First Edition), the few copies of the book that were produced were sold on McSweeney's website rather than destroyed. The edition is actually vastly superior to most other American publishing houses' typical productions, retaining McSweeney's distinctive graphic design brilliance: Pictorial brown hard boards with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Text by Dave Eggers. Vertical wraparound band. Without DJ, as issued. Dave Eggers' novel will be regarded as one of the most indignant and most moving accounts on the genocide that is still unfolding in Darfur, Sudan, an event that shames Africa and indicts all of humanity. Excepting the noble activist resistance (many of whom have themselves been killed by the Sudanese Government and its "janjaweed" militia arm), our criminal indifference to the Darfur genocide will haunt humanity for many generations to come. "The story of one boy's astonishing capacity to endure atrocity after atrocity, and yet refuse to abandon decency, kindness, and hope for home and acceptance. It is impossible to read this book and not be humbled, enlightened, transformed. I believe I will never forget Valentino Achak Deng" (Khaled Hosseini). A "must-have" title for Dave Eggers collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Dave Eggers. This edition sold out shortly after publication and is now highly collectible. Not one copy made it either to the major book chains or even the independent bookstores that are the major venue for the author's books. This is one of extremely few signed copies of the "Brown-Board" true First Edition still available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the finest living American writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COPY OF THIS TITLE, OTHER DAVE EGGERS TITLES, AND MCSWEENEY'S QUARTERLY ISSUES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1932416641. $250.00

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