All Our Names is the tale of 2 younger males who come of age in the course of an African revolution, drawn from the secure confines of the college campus into the intensifying clamor of the streets outdoors. yet because the line among idealism and violence turns into more and more blurred, the chums are pushed apart—one into the private peril, because the move gathers inexorable strength, and the opposite into the security of exile within the American Midwest. There, pretending to be an trade scholar, he falls in love with a social employee and settles into small-town lifestyles. but this idyll is inescapably darkened by way of the secrets and techniques of his previous: the acts he devoted and the paintings he left unfinished. such a lot of all, he's haunted by way of the liked good friend he left in the back of, the charismatic chief who first guided him to revolution after which sacrificed every little thing to make sure his freedom.
Elegiac, blazing with insights concerning the actual and emotional geographies that circumscribe our lives, All Our Names is a wonder of imaginative and prescient and tonal command. Writing in the grand culture of Naipul, Greene, and Achebe, Mengestu provides us a political novel that also is a transfixing portrait of affection and charm, of self-determination and the names we're given and the names we earn.
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