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A reminder that tomorrow, Wednesday 13 May, a live streaming of a discussion with Maaza Mengiste about her new novel, The Shadow King, will be taking place at 17:00 BST. The event is part of the Humanities Cultural Programme, TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities - A Big Tent! Live Online Event being given as part of Women week.

There is no need to register - simply watch the event, which starts at 17:00 BST, live on YouTube. Questions can be sent in during the discussion via the YouTube live chat reply feature.

And remember that The Shadow King is the Anglo-Ethiopian Society's book club choice for their first online meeting on Wednesday 27 May. Book your place now!

The Shadow King - The story is based on the exploits of a female soldier during Mussolini's invasion of Ethiopia. The heroine, Hirut, is working in the household of an officer in the Imperial army. When the invasion comes, she and her friends want to play a more active part in the resistance than is offered by the traditional women's role of caring for the wounded and burying the dead. When Haile Selassie goes into exile, Hirut helps disguise a peasant as the Emperor, and becomes his bodyguard - a plot which allows Maaza to explore the role of the women soldiers who, she says, have largely been written out of history.

Maaza Mengiste's acclaimed first book, Beneath the Lion's Gaze, was set during the revolution of 1974, with her characters living through the death of the Emperor and the subsequent violent events which convulsed Ethiopia.

Maaza was born in Addis Ababa but her family left when she was a young child. She now lives in the United States.

The Shadow King was published in the UK in December 2019 in Kindle format, and on 30 January 2020 in hardback at a list price of £16.99.

 

The Shadow King book cover The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste.
Publisher : Canongate Books, 2020
ISBN : 9781838851163 (hardback)
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