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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"

[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"

A beautiful and thoughtful epic.--Francesca Capossela "Los Angeles Review of Books"

Ambitious and illuminating.--Elizabeth Sile "Real Simple"

Capacious.... adopts the register of myth to shape an epic of nationhood and resistance.-- "The New Yorker"

In haunting and beautiful prose, Mengiste shines a light on those whose lives are not often heralded.-- "Newsweek"

Lyrical, remarkable.-- "New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice"

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)"

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)"

Unforgettable.... [A] propulsive read that captures a historical moment from a fresh perspective.-- "Time" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2020, this is an utterly captivating novel about female strength. Set during Mussolini's 1935 invasion of Ethiopia, The Shadow King casts a light on the women soldiers written out of African history --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07WHXVNW8
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Canongate Books; Main edition (5 December 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4386 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 449 pages
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Reviewed in India on 7 December 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book is in neat condition.
By Dilip Maity on 7 December 2020
I am yet to read this one. This review is about the condition of the book. It arrived neat, and without any kind of crease on its cover. Perfect.
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Reviewed in India on 26 May 2021
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4.0 out of 5 stars must read
By Chitra Ahanthem on 4 January 2021
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2020, The Shadow King is not an easy read if you are looking for a breezy read. This one is multi layered and will put you through loops with its deep questioning of the power that comes from gender, class, race and what war does to people, the dehumanisation that comes from the quest for glory and making a name.
Author Maaza Mengiste takes readers to unfamiliar terrain: Ethiopia in 1935 is under threat from the forces led by Mussolini and the growing fascist ideas that looks at nations being forged on the lines of race. The people of the country are outnumbered, poorly equipped but not lacking in its resistance, not even when the Emperor accepts Exile to a foreign country. The narrative on war or rather, what goes on behind a war to people who are pitted against one another gives readers an insight into the inner battles over humanity, over morality and over where women are placed. It also looks at collective and personal memory in terms of how history looks at war as the exploits of valour of men apart from the obvious tone of who is the victor.
Hirut,a central protagonist is one you are not likely to forget in a hurry: her journey from a young carefree girl to an unsure employee and one swept by the forces of history, one that will not give her or other women their due. What happens with Hirut when she is employed by Aster and then how the war places both women in the same category and yet in such marked difference due to the difference in social positions between the two is a powerful turn in the narrative. This is a book to be read with patience, one you need to contemplate and immerse yourself in.
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Becky H
4.0 out of 5 stars A very difficult read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 October 2020
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K. Hicks
5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing and memorable
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 January 2020
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David Ebsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Hats off to Maaza Mengiste!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 September 2020
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Rachel M
5.0 out of 5 stars Start your African Literary journey
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 June 2020
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Geoff Crocker
5.0 out of 5 stars A major literary epic
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 November 2020
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