Notes from the Hyena's Belly: An Ethiopian Boyhood
In this acclaimed memoir, Mezlekia recalls his boyhood in the arid city of Jijiga, Ethiopia, and his journey to manhood during the 1970s and 1980s. He traces his personal evolution from child to soldier--forced at the age of eighteen to join a guerrilla army. And he describes the hardships that consumed Ethiopia after the fall of Emperor Haile Selassie and the rise to power of the communist junta, in whose terror thousands of Ethiopians died. Part autobiography and part social history, Notes from the Hyena's Belly offers an unforgettable portrait of Ethiopia, and of Africa, during the defining and turbulent years of the last century.
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Review: Notes from the Hyena's Belly: An Ethiopian BoyhoodUser Review - Simone - Goodreads
One of the most humorous and touching stories that I have ever read in my life. Nega manages to successfully describe the horrors of his childhood in Ethiopia and his stint as a child soldier in a ... Read full review
Review: Notes from the Hyena's Belly: An Ethiopian BoyhoodUser Review - Michael Russell - Goodreads
Interesting book, tells a not so uncommon reality of African war, revolution, corruption, ethnic-political genocide all fuelled by Western weaponry. More unique is the story of the rich cultural mix ... Read full review