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Beneath the Lion's Gaze

Beneath the Lion's Gaze

by Maaza Mengiste

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Overview

"An important novel, rich in compassion for its anguished characters." —The New York Times Book Review

This memorable, heartbreaking story opens in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1974, on the eve of a revolution. Yonas kneels in his mother’s prayer room, pleading to his god for an end to the violence that has wracked his family and country. His father, Hailu, a prominent doctor, has been ordered to report to jail after helping a victim of state-sanctioned torture to die. And Dawit, Hailu’s youngest son, has joined an underground resistance movement—a choice that will lead to more upheaval and bloodshed across a ravaged Ethiopia.

Beneath the Lion’s Gaze tells a gripping story of family, of the bonds of love and friendship set in a time and place that has rarely been explored in fiction. It is a story about the lengths human beings will go in pursuit of freedom and the human price of a national revolution. Emotionally gripping, poetic, and indelibly tragic, Beneath The Lion’s Gaze is a transcendent and powerful debut.



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ISBN-13: 9780393338881
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/03/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 308
Sales rank: 320,422
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Maaza Mengiste received a 2020 Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Also a Fulbright Scholar and a professor at Queens College, she is the author of The Shadow King and Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, and a 2018 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She lives in New York City.

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"With...a compassionate imagination that transforms everything it touches on, Maaza Mengiste delivers an important story." —-Chris Albani, author of Graceland, a Today Show pick

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