Beasts Of No Nation: A Novel by Uzodinma Iweala

Beasts Of No Nation: A Novel

byUzodinma Iweala

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The harrowing, utterly original debut novel by Uzodinma Iweala about the life of a child soldier in a war-torn African country—now a critically-acclaimed Netflix original film directed by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) and starring Idris Elba (Mandela, The Wire).

As civil war rages in an unnamed West-African nation, Agu, the school-aged protagonist of this stunning debut novel, is recruited into a unit of guerilla fighters. Haunted by his father’s own death at the hands of militants, which he fled just before witnessing, Agu is vulnerable to the dangerous yet paternal nature of his new commander.

While the war rages on, Agu becomes increasingly divorced from the life he had known before the conflict started—a life of school friends, church services, and time with his family, still intact. As he vividly recalls these sunnier times, his daily reality continues to spin further downward into inexplicable brutality, primal fear, and loss of selfhood. In a powerful, strikingly original voice, Uzodinma Iweala leads the reader through the random travels, betrayals, and violence that mark Agu’s new community. Electrifying and engrossing, Beasts of No Nation announces the arrival of an extraordinary new writer.

About The Author

Uzodinma Iweala is the author ofBeasts of No Nation, which won theLos Angeles TimesBook Prize, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2007 he was selected as one ofGranta's Best Young American Novelists. A graduate of Harvard University and the Columbia...
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Title:Beasts Of No Nation: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.12 × 4.88 × 0.49 inPublished:August 15, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060798688

ISBN - 13:9780060798680

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“Devastating...a raw and brutal story about the horrifying effects of cruelty and the incredible power of hope.”