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The Shadow King [9781838851170] SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2020

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2020

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.

'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


AUTHOR: 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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Author:
Maaza Mengiste
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Canongate Books Ltd
Publication:
13-Aug-2020
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Pages:
448
Chart Position:
1575
Weight:
318 Grams
  • 3
    Finding this quite heavy going. It is well written but a lot of repetition. Subject is interesting as I knew nothing about the Ethiopan war with Italy.

    Posted by Jane Chapman on 4th Oct 2020

    I find some of the story difficult to follow with so many characters. Repetition and description get in the way of the flow of the narrative. Nevertheless an interesting read on a little known war.

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