Dinaw Mengestu
Dinaw Mengestu

The New York Times has unveiled their 100 notable books of 2014 and there is novel by a name readers of this blog are familiar with; Dinaw Mengestu.

Mengestu entered our consciousness for the first time when he was a guest of our Storymoja Hay Festival in 2012 and we have been stalking him following his progress since. The Ethiopian born writer went on to win the McArthur Foundation “genius’ Grant in the same year. This year the recognitions continued as he was listed in that Africa39 list of writers as well being in the for the Kirkus Prize 2014.

The writer was given a new honour yesterday as his book All Our Names (Knopf) was listed amongst the 100 notable books of 2014. Here is the citation in full;

ALL OUR NAMES. By Dinaw Mengestu. (Knopf, $25.95.) With great sadness and much hard truth, Mengestu’s novel looks at a relationship of shared dependencies between a Midwestern social worker and a bereft African immigrant.”

This is great as we all know how well respected the US publication is respected in world literature. Cool cool stuff.