by Maaza Mengiste

Shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, and named a best book of the year by the New York Times, NPR, ElleTime, and more, The Shadow King is an “unforgettable epic from an immensely talented author who’s unafraid to take risks” (Michael Schaub, NPR).

Set during Mussolini’s 1935 invasion of Ethiopia, The Shadow King takes us back to the first real conflict of World War II, casting light on the women soldiers who were left out of the historical record. At its heart is orphaned maid Hirut, who finds herself tumbling into a new world of thefts and violations, of betrayals and overwhelming rage. What follows is a heartrending and unputdownable exploration of what it means to be a woman at war.

Interview with the Author

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Ethiopia 1935: The real history behind The Shadow King
12/2/20          32 min

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Episode 451: Maaza Mengiste, Author of The Shadow King
10/20/20         23 min

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Maaza Mengiste on the Ethiopian women who fought Italy
2/18/20        33 min

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Interview with Maaza Mengiste
11/27/19        38 min

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#71: Maaza Mengiste – The Shadow King and the Health of Nations
1/28/20         41 min

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Ep. #399 – Maaza Mengiste, author of The Shadow King
12/9/19        38 min

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Interview with Maaza Mengiste, author of THE SHADOW KING
1/11/20          29 min

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