The Shadow King

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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.4 X 8.1 X 1.4 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author
Maaza Mengiste was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and graduated with an M.F.A. in creative writing from New York University. A recent Pushcart Prize nominee, she was named New Literary Idol by New York Magazine. Her work has appeared in the Baltimore Review, Ninth Letter, and 42opus; has been translated and published into German and Romanian for Lettre International; and can be found in the anthology Homelands: Women's Journeys Across Race, Place and Time. A recipient of fellowships from the Prague Summer Program, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Yaddo, she currently lives in New York.
Lyrical, remarkable.-- "New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice"
Capacious.... adopts the register of myth to shape an epic of nationhood and resistance.-- "The New Yorker"
Unforgettable.... [A] propulsive read that captures a historical moment from a fresh perspective.-- "Time"
[The Shadow King] is written in a key of pride and exaltation, and its characters have the outsize form of national heroes.... Stirring.--Sam Sacks "Wall Street Journal"
In haunting and beautiful prose, Mengiste shines a light on those whose lives are not often heralded.-- "Newsweek"
Ambitious and illuminating.--Elizabeth Sile "Real Simple"
A beautiful and thoughtful epic.--Francesca Capossela "Los Angeles Review of Books"
Stunning.... [Mengiste] produced a work of fiction that is epic in reach, with brilliant borrowings from the forms of classic tragedy.... The book is impossible to put down or put out of mind.-- "BookPage (starred review)"
The Shadow King exposes a brutal chapter in Ethiopia's history and urges readers to listen for the untold stories of war, especially those of women.--Katie Noah Gibson "Shelf Awareness"
Monumental.... Mengiste's extraordinary characters--shrewd Kidane, militant Aster, the enigmatic cook, narcissistic Italian commander Fucelli, conflicted photographer Ettore, elusive prostitute Fifi, even haunted Selassie--epitomize the impossibly intricate ties between humanity and monstrosity, and the unthinkable, immeasurable cost of survival.-- "Booklist (starred review)"