A reminder that, at our next Society event on Wednesday 4 March, Maaza Mengiste will discuss her new novel, The Shadow King, with Chris Beckett, poet and Society chair.
7:00pm, Ethiopian Community in Britain, 2a Lithos Road, London NW3 6EF - Free public lecture (all welcome)
Doors will open at 6:00pm with complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits available. The publisher will be selling books on the night.
Capacity at the venue is limited, so please reserve your place on Eventbrite soon to avoid disappointment.
Maaza Mengiste will be talking about her new novel, The Shadow King. The story is based on the exploits of a female soldier during Mussolini's invasion of Ethiopia. Her 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 its author to explore the role of the women soldiers who 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 Mengiste 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 in the UK.
||The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste.
Publisher : Canongate Books, 2020
ISBN : 9781838851163 (hardback)
The Shadow King is the Anglo-Ethiopian Society's book club choice for their next meeting on 24 March.