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Maaza Mengiste
The Shadow King



Montag, 27. April 2020
19.30 Uhr

in der Katakombe

Lesung und Gespräch in englischer Sprache

Maaza Mengiste liest aus ihrem neuen Buch "The Shadow King" und Tommy Egger führt mit der Autorin ein Gespräch in englischer Sprache.

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.

Maaza Mengiste ist aktuell "Writer in residence" in Zürich und diese Lesung wird ermöglicht dank freundschaftlicher Zusammenarbeit mit der Stiftung PWG und dem Literaturhaus Zürich.

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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.

Maaza Mengiste: The Schadow King. Novel
448 pages, Trade Paperback
CHF 28.00

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