Beneath the Lion's Gaze

Beneath the Lion's Gaze

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by Maaza Mengiste
     
 

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"This 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 die. And Dawit, Hailu's youngest

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"This 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 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 not been explored in fiction before. It is a story about the lengths human beings will go in pursuit of freedom and the human price of a national revolution.

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Addis Ababa, September 12, 1974: a date few Americans remember, but for Ethiopians it was the first day of a new year and the last day of Emperor Haile Selassie’s long reign. As the public discontent intensified, Selassie – blamed for decades of famine and corruption – is abandoned by his servants and cabinet members.

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While the emperor quietly reflects upon his final moments in power, the struggle for a new Ethiopia arrives swiftly and without mercy. Hundreds of protestors take to the streets, demanding food and a people’s government for all. Focusing on the lives of three determined members of one family, Mengiste’s gripping debut novel looks closely at the ties that bind family and country, and the sacrifices made in pursuit of justice and a life of dignity. An important work of literature, it is both timely and unforgettable. Illustrating the lengths each member is willing to go, the loyalties they must betray, and the hardships they must endure to ensure their country’s freedom from oppression, Beneath the Lion’s Gaze is a dramatic and tragic story that is ultimately inspirational.

“An extraordinary novel [that] tells stories that nobody can want to hear, in such a way that we cannot stop listening.” — Bookforum

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780099539926
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/2011
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

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"With...a compassionate imagination that transforms everything it touches on, Maaza Mengiste delivers an important story." —-Chris Albani, author of Graceland, a Today Show pick

Meet the Author

Maaza Mengiste was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she was named “New Literary Idol” by New York magazine. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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