By Daniel O’Gorman (auth.)

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36 He is well known for his advocacy of storytelling as a means of helping to encourage political change. This advocacy has been evident in Eggers’ own writing since around the time of the organisation’s establishment in 2004, and is clearly at play (albeit in a gestative form) in his short story collection of the same year, How We Are Hungry, which includes within it the arrestingly titled flash fiction piece, ‘What It Means When a Crowd in a Faraway Nation Takes a Soldier Representing Your Own Nation, Shoots Him, Drags Him From His Vehicle, and Then Mutilates Him in the Dust’.

He begins to embrace the uncertainty of his future, using it as a tool to help build a new life for himself: ‘Today I have options,’ he says in the book’s closing chapter, adding: ‘For years I have vowed to return home, but not until I had finished my college education. … I believe this day will come. ’72 He has started to understand the way in which his identity is constructed, both by himself and by others, and to begin using its malleability to his advantage. , ‘[t]he problem is not just one of inclusion into an already existing idea of the nation, but one of equality, without which the “we” is not speakable.

This advocacy has been evident in Eggers’ own writing since around the time of the organisation’s establishment in 2004, and is clearly at play (albeit in a gestative form) in his short story collection of the same year, How We Are Hungry, which includes within it the arrestingly titled flash fiction piece, ‘What It Means When a Crowd in a Faraway Nation Takes a Soldier Representing Your Own Nation, Shoots Him, Drags Him From His Vehicle, and Then Mutilates Him in the Dust’. 37 Eggers has since published a number of politically charged works, including the critically acclaimed Zeitoun (2009), a powerful biographical account of the injustices undergone by a Syrian American man and his family in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, as well as the novel A Hologram Butler’s ‘Frame’ and Eggers’ What Is the What 31 for the King (2012), a parable about the wane of American power during the global recession.

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