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The shadow king
The shadow king
Mengiste, Maaza2019
Articles
Ethiopia. 1935. With the threat of Mussolini's army looming, recently orphaned Hirut struggles to adapt to her new life as a maid. Her new employer, Kidane, an officer in Emperor Haile Selassie's army, rushes to mobilise his strongest men before the Italians invade. Hirut and the other women long to do more than care for the wounded and bury the dead. When Emperor Haile Selassie goes into exile and Ethiopia quickly loses hope, it is Hirut who offers a plan to maintain morale. She helps disguise a gentle peasant as the emperor and soon becomes his guard, inspiring other women to take up arms. But how could she have predicted her own personal war, still to come, as a prisoner of one of Italy's most vicious officers?
Main title:
The shadow king / Maaza Mengiste.
Author:
Imprint:
Edinburgh : Canongate, 2019.
Collation:
428 pages : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 23 cm
Notes:
Originally published: 2019.
ISBN:
9781838851163 (hbk)
Dewey class:
813.6
Language:
English
BRN:
2898883
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