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Sudanese Civil War Refugee Speaks at Shorter College
“This book was born out of the desire on the part of myself and [Dave Eggers] to help others understand the atrocities many successive governments of Sudan committed before and during the civil war. Over the course of many years, I told my story orally to the author. He then concocted this novel, approximating my own voice and using the basic events of my life as the foundation… Even when my hours were darkest, I believed that some day I could share my experiences with readers, so as to prevent the same horrors from repeating themselves. This book is a form of struggle, and it keeps my spirit alive to struggle. To struggle is to strengthen my faith, my hope, and my belief in humanity.”
Deng’s visit to Shorter is part of his national tour to discuss the novel and share his story with the public. Shorter College will be his only appearance in Georgia this month between events in California, Michigan, Tennessee and Massachusetts.
For more information about Deng’s visit on March 19, contact Shorter assistant professor of English John Kwist at (706) 233-7254 or visit Deng’s Web site at www.valentinoachakdeng.com.
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