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Maaza Mengiste – The Shadow King, and the health of nations

By Nicholas Norbrook
Posted on Tuesday, 28 January 2020 15:06

The powerful historical fiction of Maaza Mengiste may be just the tonic to heal festering wounds. Especially those surrounding the 'what' and the 'who' of a nation.

And given Ethiopia’s own bruising history — and the continent’s — there are plenty of conversations to have.

With Brexit reopening old regional divisions in the United Kingdom, and the US suffering its own ‘blood and soil’ moment, a bit of historical introspection might not go amiss elsewhere too.

Maaza Mengiste is the author of two novels; Beneath the Lion’s gaze, published in 2010 and The Shadow King, out now.

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