Maaza Mengiste on the Ethiopian women who fought Italy – books podcast | Books

The Italian invasion of 1935 is a pivotal moment in Ethiopia’s history. The novelist Maaza Mengiste explains how she discovered that women had been written out of this story, and why her novel The Shadow King circles around seen and unseen photographs.

And Aida Edemariam joins us to talk about her biography of her grandmother, The Wife’s Tale, and the recent flowering of authors with Ethiopian heritage writing in English.

Reading list

The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste (Canongate)
The Wife’s Tale by Aida Edemariam (Fourth Estate)

The novelist Maaza Mengiste

Photograph: Nina Subin

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