The Shadow King

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$17.95  $16.69
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 is the author of The Shadow King, shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize and named a Best Book of 2019 by the New York Times, NPR, Time, Elle, and other publications. Beneath the Lion's Gaze, her debut, was selected by the Guardian as one of the ten best contemporary African books. Mengiste is a recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Capital, DAAD Artists in Berlin program, the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and the Fulbright Scholar program, among others.
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)"