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I read this while in Ethiopia so it brought to life the facts I was hearing from our guide. I didn't know a lot about Ethiopia before my visit but do remember the famine in the northern region and Live Aid concert.
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.
This is a truly wonderful novel. Set in 1970's Ethiopia, war and terror are rife. The story manages manages to convey the loves and losses of a family without losing anything of the tragedy and nobility which survives so much atrocity.
A family story set in the context of the early days of the deposition of Emperor Haile Selassie. Lucidly written and interesting reading, a masterly intersecation of the public and the private. Highly recommended.
A brilliant book. For me fiction in this book are only the characters of the story. Almost ever detail of the story itsef refers to the real live story of many Ethiopians. History is captured and told to the world. The lives of the victims are hounered.
Dies ist ein wirklich lesenswerter Roman, der vor dem Hintergrund des Mengistu-Regimes in Äthiopien spielt. Ein toller Einblick in die Geschichte dieses afrikanischen Landes. Die Schilderung der Figuren, ihrer Gedanken und Gefühle, ist lebhaft und überzeugend.