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  • Published: 17 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241986271
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $22.99

The Parade




From the best-selling author of The Circle, a powerful modern fable on the legacy of colonialism, the dark power of global corporations, and the challenge of truly 'doing good'

Two Western men are sent to work far away from home, tasked with paving a road the length of a country. The country is dangerous and largely lawless, only just recovering from a devastating civil war, and the road will unite north and south. The road is Progress. The road is Hope. And, when it is completed, a great parade will march it end to end.

The two men follow a route from the outer villages to the capital, operating their high-tech road-building machine and bickering along the way. One man is highly experienced, reliable, focused, pausing only to sleep and eat the company-issued food. The other is chaotic, curious, forever joking with locals and breaking protocol. But when illness, corruption, and theft compromise their mission, the pair discover danger far greater than anything they had anticipated.

  • Published: 17 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241986271
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers is the author of ten books, including most recently Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?, The Circle and A Hologram for the King, which was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award. He is the founder of McSweeney's, an independent publishing company based in San Francisco that produces books, a quarterly journal of new writing (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern), and a monthly magazine, The Believer. McSweeney's also publishes Voice of Witness, a nonprofit book series that uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. Eggers is the co-founder of 826 National, a network of eight tutoring centers around the country and ScholarMatch, a nonprofit organization designed to connect students with resources, schools and donors to make college possible. He lives in Northern California with his family.

www.mcsweeneys.net
www.voiceofwitness.org
www.826national.org
www.scholarmatch.org
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Praise for The Parade

This is a tale for our time, an allegory about intervening in foreign lands without knowledge, and so a nightmare vision of our endless wars.

Thomas E. Ricks

In The Parade, the anxiety grows with every page and every mile to reach an ending that turns everything upside down and sends us into the heart of darkness. A minimalistic, merciless novel. A powerful allegory and a painfully concrete contemporary story-Eggers is a true virtuoso of that synthesis.

Georgi Gospodinov

Tightly written, carefully designed to wrong-foot preconceptions, and astute... An intensely gripping story

Evening Standard

Certainly his best book since What is the What, The Parade may well be the sound of a major writer finding his mature voice

Spectator

A readable, atmospheric book

The Times

Wide-ranging and thoughtful engagement with concepts of power and inequality and whether Western notions of what constitutes 'progress' are always right

Literary Review

It partakes of a complex of anxieties about America's role as an affluent superpower of dubious virtue

Financial Times

Egger's commitment to social and political issues continues

Mail on Sunday

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