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The Shadow King
A Novel
Mengiste, Maaza
read on January 3, 2021

A fine fiction book, but this didn't really move me one way or the other. It had split narratives, employed a bit oddly, where I didn't care much at all about the B-story and so ignored it a bit, and then sooner or later the whole thing sort of shifted to the B-story, which was a bummer.

I had no idea that Italy invaded Ethiopia during WWII though, that was really something.

Author Bio:

Maaza Mengiste is an Ethiopian novelist and essayist, who deals with themes such as migration, war, exile, revolutions with a special focus on her country of origin. She is also known for being an activist in human rights. She was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1971.