The Monk of Mokha

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Author : Dave Eggers
Detail : “From the popular author of The Circle – the absorbing true story of a young Yemeni yankee man, raised in San Francisco, United Nations agency dreams of resurrecting the traditional art of Yemeni low however finds himself unfree in national capital by war

Mokhtar Alkhanshali is 24 and dealing as a guard once he becomes fascinated with the wealthy history of low and Yemen’s central place in it. He leaves San Francisco and travels deep into his ancestral home to tour terraced farms high within the country’s rugged mountains. He collects samples and organizes farmers and is on the verge of success once war engulfs the country. Saudi bombs come down, the U.S. embassy closes, and Mokhtar should realize some way out of Asian country with solely his hopes on his back.

The Monk of Mokha is that the story of this game and visionary young man following the foremost yankee of dreams.

‘Extraordinary… No story is a lot of urgent’ Observer

‘Dramatic, aspirational neatly and winsomely written… specifically what i would like to browse right now’ the days

‘The remedy to Trumpism… this can be a book that celebrates [the] exuberance of the human spirit’ Mail on Sunday

‘This book… is regarding the American Dream, and also the threat that it’s under’ Spectator

‘Remarkable… filled with effort, purpose and exceptional luck’ underground

The Monk of Mokha :

Biography & Autobiography

Author - Dave Eggers
Publisher - Vintage
Pages - 352
ISBN - 1101947322


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Detail - The Monk of Mokha is the exhilarating true story of a young Yemeni American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana’a by civil war. Mokhtar Alkhanshali is twenty-four and working as a doorman when he discovers the astonishing history of coffee and Yemen’s central place in it. He leaves San Francisco and travels deep into his ancestral homeland to tour terraced farms high in the country’s rugged mountains and meet beleagured but determined farmers. But when war engulfs the country and Saudi bombs rain down, Mokhtar has to find a way out of Yemen without sacrificing his dreams or abandoning his people.

The Monk of Mokha :

Biography & Autobiography

Author - Dave Eggers
Publisher - Penguin UK
Pages - 352
ISBN - 0241975379


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Detail - From the best-selling author of The Circle - the gripping true story of a young Yemeni American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana'a by civil war Mokhtar Alkhanshali is twenty-four and working as a doorman when he becomes fascinated with the rich history of coffee and Yemen's central place in it. He leaves San Francisco and travels deep into his ancestral home to tour terraced farms high in the country's rugged mountains. He collects samples and organizes farmers and is on the verge of success when civil war engulfs the country. Saudi bombs rain down, the U.S. embassy closes, and Mokhtar has to find a way out of Yemen with only his hopes on his back. The Monk of Mokha is the story of this courageous and visionary young man following the most American of dreams.

The Monk of Mokha :

Biography & Autobiography

Author - Dave Eggers
Publisher - Knopf Canada
Pages - 368
ISBN - 0735274509


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Detail - From the bestselling author of The Circle and What Is the What, the true story of a young Yemeni-American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana'a by civil war. Mokhtar Alkhanshali grew up in San Francisco, one of seven siblings brought up by Yemeni immigrants in a tiny apartment. At age twenty-four, unable to pay for college, he works as a doorman, until a statue of an Arab raising a cup of coffee awakens something in him. He sets out to learn the rich history of coffee in Yemen and the complex art of tasting and identifying varietals. He travels to Yemen and visits countless farms, collecting samples, eager to bring improved cultivation methods to the countryside. And he is on the verge of success when civil war engulfs Yemen in 2015. The US Embassy closes, Saudi bombs began to rain down on the country, and Mokhtar is trapped in Yemen. Desperate to escape, he embarks on a passage that has him negotiating with dueling political factions and twice kidnapped at gunpoint. With no other options, he hires a skiff to take him, and his coffee samples, across the Red Sea. A heart-pounding true story that weaves together the history of coffee, the ongoing Yemeni civil war, and the courageous journey of a young man--a Muslim and a US citizen--following the most American of dreams.

The Lifters :

Juvenile Fiction

Author - Dave Eggers
Publisher - Scholastic UK
Pages - 320
ISBN - 1407188119


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Detail - What if nothing was as it seemed? What if the ground beneath your feet had been hollowed into hundreds of tunnels and passageways? What if there were mysterious forces in these tunnels? What if it were up to twelve-year-old Gran Flowerpetal to stop these forces?

The Parade :

Fiction

Author - Dave Eggers
Publisher - Penguin UK
Pages - 192
ISBN - 0241986281


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Detail - From the bestselling author of The Monk of Mokha andThe Circle comes a taut, suspenseful story of two foreigners' role in a nation's fragile peace. An unnamed country is leaving the darkness of a decade at war, and to commemorate the armistice the government commissions a new road connecting two halves of the state. Two men, foreign contractors from the same company, are sent to finish the highway. While one is flighty and adventurous, wanting to experience the nightlife and people, the other wants only to do the work and go home. But both men must eventually face the absurdities of their positions, and the dire consequences of their presence. With echoes of J. M. Coetzee and Graham Greene, this timeless novel questions whether we can ever understand another nation's war, and what role we have in forging anyone's peace.

Heroes of the Frontier :

Fiction

Author - Dave Eggers
Publisher - Penguin UK
Pages - 383
ISBN - 0241979056


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Detail - THE NEW YORK TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLER 'The mirror image of Eggers's brilliantly dystopian The Circle... [A] state of the nation novel, cleansing the spirit and lifting the heart' Guardian A hilarious and heart-warming misadventure through modern America: it's time for the family vacation... Josie's life is falling apart - lawsuits raining down, her business down the drain and a feckless husband long gone - so she gathers up her two kids and lights out for the wilderness. The Alaskan wilderness, to be specific. This is a story about the trip of a lifetime. It involves one battered old RV, one highly sensitive eight year old boy, one fearless and hyperactive five year old girl, several forest fires, a large supply of pinot noir, and a deeply misguided sense of optimism. It may well be that things don't turn out quite as Josie expected - but then again, some of the best places in the world are found at the end of a road you didn't mean to take... Heroes of the Frontier is an uproariously funny portrait of modern America and the modern family, an entirely contemporary novel gleaming with Dave Eggers' trademark intelligence and originality.

A Hologram for the King :

Fiction

Author - Dave Eggers
Publisher - Penguin UK
Pages - 304
ISBN - 0241964342


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Detail - New from Dave Eggers, National Book Award finalist A Hologram for the King In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter's college tuition, and finally do something great. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together in the face of the global economy's gale-force winds. This taut, richly layered, and elegiac novel is a powerful evocation of our contemporary moment - and a moving story of how we got here. 'A master of the surprising metaphor, Eggers's great skill is in tracking the exuberant chaos of thought, with all its sudden poignancies and unexpected joys' Daily Telegraph 'Among the most influential writers in the English language' GQ 'Eggers can write like an angel' Tablet

How We Are Hungry :

Fiction

Author - Dave Eggers
Publisher - Penguin UK
Pages - 224
ISBN - 0241958849


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Detail - How We Are Hungry is a collection of Dave Eggers's short stories that twist and inspire the imagination Dave Eggers has championed the cause of the short story so magnificently that through his own McSweeney's magazine and through its many imitators the form is once again in the ascendant. Yet while celebrating the work of others, Eggers has also proved himself time and again one of the modern masters of the form. This unmissable collection is Egger's first, and showcases his talents in a variety of stories that are short-short, short-long and every length in between; and in stories that are dark, funny, inspiring, daring and endlessly inventive (including the acclaimed 'Up the Mountain Coming Down Slowly'). In short, in stories that will make you appreciate that Dave Eggers and the short story were made for each other - and, in turn, for you. 'Possibly the most admired and emulated American author of his generation' Independent 'Brilliant, confident floods of language' Sunday Herald 'Intensely pleasurable, striking in its beauty...a triumph of both form and content' Guardian

Portraits from Life : Modernist Novelists and Autobiography

Author - Jerome Boyd Maunsell
Publisher - Oxford University Press
Pages - 304
ISBN - 019878936X


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Detail - What happens when novelists write about their own lives directly, in memoirs and autobiographies, rather than in novels? How do they present themselves, and what do their self-portraits reveal? In a series of biographical case studies, Portraits from Life examines how seven canonical Modernist writers - Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Ford, Henry James, Wyndham Lewis, Gertrude Stein, H.G. Wells, and Edith Wharton - depicted themselves in their memoirs and autobiographies during the first half of the twentieth century. Drawing on a range of life-writing sources in this innovative group portrait, Jerome Boyd Maunsell reconstructs the periods during which these authors worked on their memoirs, often towards the end of their lives, and shows how memoirs and autobiographies are just as artful as novels. The seven portraits in the book also create a rich network of encounters, as many of these writers knew each other, and wrote about each other in their reminiscences. Portraits from Life investigates the difficulties and possibilities of autobiography - the relation of fact and fiction, biography and autobiography; the ethical issues of dealing with real people; the thin generic lines between novels and autobiographies; and the deceptive workings of memory - and how all these writers dealt with these concerns as they looked back on their lives. An act of portraiture and biography as well as an act of criticism, moving from London to Paris and through two world wars, it also pieces together a fresh and constantly inter-connecting narrative of the Modernist era in England and France.

Zeitoun :

Biography & Autobiography

Author - Dave Eggers
Publisher - Penguin UK
Pages - 368
ISBN - 0141945362


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Detail - In August, 2005, as Hurricane Katrina blew in, the city of New Orleans had been abandoned by most citizens. But resident Abdulrahman Zeitoun, though his wife and family had gone, refused to leave. For days he traversed an apocalyptic landscape of flooded streets by canoe. He protected neighbours' properties, fed trapped dogs and rescued survivors. But eventually he came to the attention of those 'guarding' this drowned city. Only then did Zeitoun's nightmare really begin. Zeitoun is the powerful, ultimately uplifting true story of one man's courage when confronted with an awesome force of nature followed by more troubling human oppression.

What is the What :

Fiction

Author - Dave Eggers
Publisher - Penguin UK
Pages - 560
ISBN - 0141917415


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Detail - What is the What is Dave Eggers's astonishing novel about one of the world's most brutal civil wars Valentino Achak Deng is just a boy when conflict separates him from his family and forces him to leave his small Sudanese village, joining thousands of other orphans on their long, long walk to Ethiopia, where they find safety - for a time. Along the way Valentino encounters enemy soldiers, liberation rebels and deadly militias, hyenas and lions, disease and starvation. But there are experiences ahead that will test his spirit in even greater ways than these . . . Truly epic in scope, and told with expansive humanity, deep compassion and unexpected humour, What is the What is an eye-opening account of life amid the madness of war and an unforgettable tale of tragedy and triumph. 'If there was ever any doubt that Dave Eggers is one of our most important storytellers, What Is the What should put it to rest... [A] strange, beautiful and unforgettable work' San Francisco Chronicle 'A remarkable book: harrowing, witty, wretched, delightful; and always compelling, always surprising' London Review of Books All of the author's proceeds from this book will go to the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation. Read more at: www.valentinoachakdeng.com.

El Monje de Moka / The Monk of Mokha :

Biography & Autobiography

Author - Dave Eggers
Publisher - Literatura Random House
Pages - 320
ISBN - 9788439735410


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Detail - El autor de El Círculo vuelve con la increíble historia verdadera de Mokhtar Alkhanshali, un joven norteamericano de origen yemení que regresó a su país para recuperar el cultivo ancestral del café y se vio atrapado en una guerra civil. Mokhtar Alkhanshali, hijo de inmigrantes yemeníes, ha crecido en el barrio más conflictivo de San Francisco y a sus veinticuatro años es incapaz de pagarse la universidad. Mientras trabaja de portero en un bloque de pisos de lujo, descubre que el café, al igual que él, tiene su origen en Yemen, por lo que decide investigar la historia y la producción de esta antiquísima bebida viajando al país de sus antepasados. En las montañas más remotas del Yemen este joven norteamericano visita a los caficultores y los escasos cafetales para encontrar las mejores bayas y exportarlas a Estados Unidos, pero la guerra civil estalla y las puertas del país se cierran convirtiendo su regreso en una aventura extremadamente arriesgada. Dave Eggers firma esta inspiradora historia real sobre un valiente emprendedor que soñó con resucitar el arte ancestral del café en su país. A través de una exhaustiva investigación, Eggers nos invita a ser conscientes de lo que significa ser musulmán en Occidente y rompe una lanza a favor de la necesidad de tender puentes entre culturas. El monje de Moka es un relato de superación, una crónica bélica pero también un recorrido por la historia y el origen de esta popular bebida, así como por el cultivo, la recolección y el procesado del café de alta calidad. ENGLISH DESCRIPTION The Monk of Mokha is the exhilarating true story of a young Yemeni American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana'a by civil war. Mokhtar Alkhanshali is twenty-four and working as a doorman when he discovers the astonishing history of coffee and Yemen's central place in it. He leaves San Francisco and travels deep into his ancestral homeland to tour terraced farms high in the country's rugged mountains and meet beleagured but determined farmers. But when war engulfs the country and Saudi bombs rain down, Mokhtar has to find a way out of Yemen without sacrificing his dreams or abandoning his people.

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