Beneath the Lion's Gaze Paperback – 4 March 2010
An arresting, powerful novel that works on both personal and political levels. ― Kirkus
Lucid and compelling... Beneath the Lion's Gaze is an extraordinary novel, which assembles a dauntingly broad cast of characters and, through them, tells stories that nobody can want to hear, in such a way that we cannot stop listening. Although set more than thirty years ago, Mengiste's novel is timely and vital. Its illumination of a world unfamiliar to most shows us how individuals will fight to retain their humanity in the face of atrocity. -- Claire Messud ― Bookforum
Beneath the Lion's Gaze is an important novel, rich in compassion for its anguished characters -- Lorraine Adams ― New York Times Book Review
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- Publisher : Jonathan Cape (4 March 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0224089161
- ISBN-13 : 978-0224089166
- Item Weight : 345 g
- Dimensions : 13.5 x 2.3 x 21.5 cm
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I knew Haile Selassie was in exile in England and returned to lead his people but was assassinated but didn't know much beyond that.
This book is based on the student uprising to depose Haile Selassie which was then taken over by a military dictatorship backed by Cuba, Russi and other communist countries - known as the Derg.
This was a period of horror with innocent people being held in prison, tortured and thousands slaughtered for no reason at all except they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
This book tells the horrific story and pulls no punches. Description are graphic really made me feel emotionally wrought and so grateful I was not living in Ethiopia at the time.