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Maaza Mengiste - Author

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Maaza Mengiste was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A Fulbright Scholar and professor in the MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation programme at Queens College, she is the author of The Shadow King and Beneath the Lion's Gaze, named one of the Guardian's Ten Best Contemporary African Books. Her work can be found in the New Yorker, Granta, and the New York Times, among other publications. She lives in New York City. @MaazaMengiste | maazamengiste.com

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The Shadow King

The Shadow King

Author: Maaza Mengiste Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2020

'DEVASTATING' Marlon James, 'A MODERN CLASSIC' Andrew Sean Greer, 'INCREDIBLE' Lemn Sissay, 'BRILLIANT' Salman Rushdie, 'MAGNIFICIENT' Aminatta Forna, 'EPIC' Mary Morris, 'WONDERFUL' Laila Lalami, 'UNFORGETTABLE' The Times, 'REMARKABLE' New York Times Ethiopia, 1935. With the threat of Mussolini's army looming, recently orphaned Hirut struggles to adapt to her new life as a maid. Her new employer, Kidane, an officer in Emperor Haile Selassie's army, rushes to mobilise his strongest men before the Italians invade. Hirut and the other women long to do more than care for the wounded and bury the dead. When the Emperor goes into exile and Ethiopia quickly loses hope, it is Hirut who offers a plan to maintain morale. But how could she have predicted her own personal war is still to come, as a prisoner of one of Italy's most vicious officers?

Addis Ababa Noir

Addis Ababa Noir

Author: Maaza Mengiste Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2020

The Shadow King

The Shadow King

Author: Maaza Mengiste Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/12/2019

'DEVASTATING' Marlon James, 'A MODERN CLASSIC' Andrew Sean Greer, 'INCREDIBLE' Lemn Sissay, 'BRILLIANT' Salman Rushdie, 'MAGNIFICIENT' Aminatta Forna, 'EPIC' Mary Morris, 'WONDERFUL' Laila Lalami, 'UNFORGETTABLE' The Times, 'REMARKABLE' New York Times ETHIOPIA. 1935. With the threat of Mussolini's army looming, recently orphaned Hirut struggles to adapt to her new life as a maid. Her new employer, Kidane, an officer in Emperor Haile Selassie's army, rushes to mobilise his strongest men before the Italians invade. Hirut and the other women long to do more than care for the wounded and bury the dead. When Emperor Haile Selassie goes into exile and Ethiopia quickly loses hope, it is Hirut who offers a plan to maintain morale. She helps disguise a gentle peasant as the emperor and soon becomes his guard, inspiring other women to take up arms. But how could she have predicted her own personal war, still to come, as a prisoner of one of Italy's most vicious officers? The Shadow King is a gorgeously crafted and unputdownable exploration of female power, and what it means to be a woman at war.

Unter den Augen des Lowen

Unter den Augen des Lowen

Author: Maaza Mengiste Format: eBook Release Date: 08/10/2013

"e;Unter den Augen des Lowen"e; erzahlt am Beispiel einer Familie die blutigen Umbruche im Athiopien der 1970er Jahre. Whrend Hungersnte den Norden des Landes heimsuchen, wchst in der Landeshauptstadt Addis Abeba der Widerstand gegen den alten Kaiser Haile Selassie. Dawit, der Sohn des bekannten Arztes Hailu, schliet sich gegen den Willen des Vaters einer revolutionren Studentengruppe an. Als der Kaiser 1974 tatschlich gestrzt und die jahrhundertealte Monarchie gewaltsam abgeschafft wird, kommt eine kommunistische Gruppierung an die Macht, die das Land in einen verheerenden Brgerkrieg fhrt. In den Kriegswirren gert Hailu in Schwierigkeiten, als er einer jungen Frau, die gefoltert wurde, hilft zu sterben. Dawit geht erneut in den Untergrund. Inzwischen ist sein enger Kindheitsfreund Mickey zu einem hochrangigen Polizisten aufgestiegen. Familienbande und Freundschaften sehen sich brutalen Prfungen ausgesetzt.

Beneath the Lion's Gaze

Beneath the Lion's Gaze

Author: Maaza Mengiste Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2011

Beneath the Lion's Gaze opens in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1974, on the eve of a revolution. Yonas kneels in his mother's prayer room, pleading to his god for an end to the violence that has wracked his family and country. His father, Hailu, a prominent doctor, has been ordered to report to jail after helping a victim of state-sanctioned torture to die. And Dawit, Hailu's youngest son, has joined an underground resistance movement-a choice that will lead to more upheaval and bloodshed across a ravaged Ethiopia. Maaza Mengieste's powerful debut tells a gripping story of family and of the bonds of love and friendship set in a time and place that has rarely been explored in fiction. It is a story about the lengths to which human beings will go in pursuit of freedom and the human price of a national revolution. Emotionally gripping, poetic and indelibly tragic, Beneath the Lion's Gaze is a transcendent story that introduces a powerful new voice.

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