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