Maaza Mengiste

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Dreaming of a better future? Ali Smith, Malcolm Gladwell and more on books to inspire change
As our thoughts turn to life after the pandemic, authors from this year’s Hay festival choose books that have inspired lasting change in them

Ali Smith, Malcolm Gladwell, Imbolo Mbue, Sathnam Sanghera, Alice Roberts, Guvna B, Horatio Clare, Val McDermid, Kehinde Andrews, Jon McGregor, Tahmima Anam, Nina Stibbe, Hafsa Zayyan, Maaza Mengiste, Monique Roffey, Peter Scott-Morgan, Hollie McNish, Mel Giedroyc and Maggie Shipstead

29, May, 2021 @7:00 AM

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On the brink of a Booker: 2020's shortlisted authors on the stories behind their novels
With the winner due to be announced next week, the six novelists up for the Booker prize reveal their inspirations

Douglas Stuart, Avni Doshi, Brandon Taylor, Diane Cook, Tsitsi Dangarembga and Maaza Mengiste

13, Nov, 2020 @12:00 PM

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Most diverse Booker prize shortlist ever as Hilary Mantel misses out
With no room for Mantel’s conclusion to her Wolf Hall trilogy, the six finalists also include four debuts

Alison Flood and Sian Cain

15, Sep, 2020 @12:21 PM

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In brief: Strange Flowers; The Shadow King; The System – review
An explosive Tipperary-set thriller, a Booker-longlisted tale of women at war in Ethiopia, and a fascinating ‘biography’ of the internet

Ben East

16, Aug, 2020 @9:30 AM

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Maaza Mengiste: ‘The language of war is always masculine’
The Ethiopian-born novelist on her book about the female fightback against Mussolini’s invasion of her homeland and the lure of Moby-Dick

Alex Preston

18, Jan, 2020 @6:00 PM

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The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste review – remembering Ethiopia’s female soldiers
Set during Italy’s 1935 invasion of Ethiopia, this absorbing novel spotlights the African women who went to war

Alex Clark

18, Jan, 2020 @7:30 AM

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PEN World Voices festival: what can novelists do to help the refugee crisis?
Marlon James, Sunjeev Sahota, Laila Lalami and Maaza Mengiste discussed the subject of dislocation and how to ‘sit in the discomfort’ of refugees’ stories

Nicole Lee

27, Apr, 2016 @4:27 PM

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Taiye Selasi: stop pigeonholing African writers
Why must writers from Africa always bear the burden of representing their continent? They should be granted artistic freedom, as other authors are

Taiye Selasi

04, Jul, 2015 @7:00 AM

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The best books on Ethiopia: start your reading here
Our literary tour of Ethiopia covers the traumatic overthrow of the monarchy and the bloody revolution that followed, taking in past and present, fact and fiction

Pushpinder Khaneka

01, May, 2015 @6:00 AM

Beneath the Lion's Gaze by Maaza Mengiste | Book review
A fictional family acts as a microcosm of Ethiopia in its years of turmoil, says Aida Edemariam

Aida Edemariam

23, Apr, 2010 @11:06 PM

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