The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste


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‘DEVASTATING’ Marlon James ‘A MODERN CLASSIC’ Andrew Sean Greer ‘INCREDIBLE’ Lemn Sissay ‘BRILLIANT’ Salman Rushdie ‘MAGNIFICIENT’ Aminatta Forna ‘EPIC’ Mary Morris ‘WONDERFUL’ Laila Lalami ‘UNFORGETTABLE’ The Times ‘REMARKABLE’ New York Times ETHIOPIA. 1935. With the threat of Mussolini’s army looming recently orphaned Hirut struggles to adapt to her new life as a maid. Her new employer Kidane an officer in Emperor Haile Selassie’s army rushes to mobilise his strongest men before the Italians invade. Hirut and the other women long to do more than care for the wounded and bury the dead. When Emperor Haile Selassie goes into exile and Ethiopia quickly loses hope it is Hirut who offers a plan to maintain morale. She helps disguise a gentle peasant as the emperor and soon becomes his guard inspiring other women to take up arms. But how could she have predicted her own personal war still to come as a prisoner of one of Italy’s most vicious officers? The Shadow King is a gorgeously crafted and unputdownable exploration of female power and what it means to be a woman at war.

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Weight 554 g
Dimensions 220 × 144 × 40 mm
Attribute Value 1