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Beneath the Lion's Gaze: A Novel

Beneath the Lion's Gaze: A Novel

An epic tale of a father and two sons, of betrayals and loyalties, of a family unraveling in the wake of Ethiopia's revolution.

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ISBN 9780393071764
Barcode 9780393071764
Replacement this title has been replaced by: 9780393338881
Published 31 March 2010 by WW Norton & Co
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Mengiste, Maaza
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ISBN-13 9780393071764
ISBN-10 0393071766
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (on backorder); allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher WW Norton & Co
Imprint WW Norton & Co
Publication Date 31 March 2010
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Mengiste, Maaza
Category Award Winning
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 168mm
Height: 244mm
Spine: 28mm
Weight 500g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Fathers and sons, Physicians, Epic fiction, Ethiopia - History - Revolution, 1974, Families - Ethiopia
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code 986062

Description of this Book

This memorable, heartbreaking story 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. Beneath the Lion's Gaze tells a gripping story of family, 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 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 and powerful debut.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Runner-up for Dayton Literary Peace Prize (Fiction) 2011 -- Commended for Indies Choice Book Awards (Debut Author) 2011 -- Commended for Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize 2010
NZ Review What a beautiful book. -- Uwem Akpan, author of Oprah Book Club Pick <em>Say You're One of Them</em>

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Author's Bio

Maaza Mengiste was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A Fulbright Scholar and professor at Queens College, she is also the author of Beneath the Lion's Gaze, named one of the Guardian's Ten Best Contemporary African Books. She lives in New York City.

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