I’ve seen it described as an African Huckleberry Finn, but even more it’s an extraordinary work of witness. “The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng” is powerful and funny and horrific and beautiful.

“I had forgotten that, and so many things. How could I put everything down on paper? It seemed impossible. No matter what, the majority of life would be left out of this story, this sliver of a version of the life I’d known. But I tried anyway.”