Dinaw Mengestu

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Dinaw Mengestu

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in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
June 30, 1978




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Left Ethiopia at age two and was raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Graduated from Georgetown University and received his MFA from Columbia University. In 2010 he was chosen as one of the 20 best writers under 40 by The New Yorker.

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March 2014, Dinaw Mengestu
"His Favorite Books About Revolution: The sweep of political change, tinged with hope and turmoil, dominates his new novel, All Our Names, as well as these five picks." ...More

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“It is always the first and last steps that are the hardest to take. We walk away and try not to turn back, or we stand just outside the gates, terrified to find what's waiting for us now that we've returned. In between, we stumble blindly from one place and life to the next. We try to do the best we can. There are moments like this, however, when we are neither coming nor going, and all we have to do is sit and look back on the life we have made.”
Dinaw Mengestu

“There are those who wake up each morning to conquer the day, and then there are those of us who wake up only because we have to. We live in the shadow of every neighborhood. We own little corner stores, live in run-down apartments that get too little light, and walk the same streets day after day. We spend our afternoons gazing lazily out of windows. Somnambulists, all of us. Someone else said it better: we wake to sleep and sleep to wake.”
Dinaw Mengestu, Children of the Revolution

“It's hard sometimes to remember why we do anything in the first place. It's nice to think there's a purpose, or even a real decision that turns everything in one direction, but that's not always true, is it? We just fall into our lives.”
Dinaw Mengestu, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears


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