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Beneath the Lion's Gaze: A Novel

Beneath the Lion's Gaze: A Novel
 

Mengiste's epic tale chronicles the lives of a father and his two sons, their betrayals and loyalties, and a family's unraveling in the wake of Ethiopia's revolution.

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ISBN 9780393338881
Barcode 9780393338881
Published 16 November 2010 by WW Norton & Co
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Mengiste, Maaza
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ISBN-13 9780393338881
ISBN-10 0393338886
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher WW Norton & Co
Imprint WW Norton & Co
Publication Date 16 November 2010
International Publication Date 3 January 2011
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Mengiste, Maaza
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 211mm
Spine: 25mm
Weight 300g
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 Not specified

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

NZ Review Beneath the Lion's Gaze is an extraordinary novel, which assembles a dauntingly broad cast of characters and, through them, tells stories that nobody can want to hear, in such a way that we cannot stop listening. Although set more than thirty years ago, Mengiste's novel is timely and vital: Its illumination of a world unfamiliar to most Americans shows us how individuals will fight to retain their humanity in the face of atrocity. -- Claire Messud

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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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