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Beneath the Lion's Gaze Paperback – 4 March 2010

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Ethiopia's 1974 revolution tears a family in half in this striking debut. Mengiste is as adept at crafting emotionally delicate moments as she is deft at portraying the tense and grim historical material, while her judicious sprinkling of lyricism imbues this novel with a vivid atmosphere.That the novel subjects the reader to the same feelings of hopelessness and despair that its characters grapple with is a grand testament to Mengiste's talent. ― Publisher's Weekly

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

About the Author

Maaza Mengiste was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and graduated with an MFA 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 Seal Press anthology Homelands: Women's Journeys Across Race, Place and Time. She has received fellowships from Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Yaddo. She currently lives in New York.

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Product details

  • 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
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 188 ratings

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4.0 out of 5 stars A very emotional modern historic read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 February 2020
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Michael Gibbons
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing writing.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 November 2019
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Ethiopian Revolution
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 August 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 September 2019
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 March 2018
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