Notes from the Hyena's Belly: An Ethiopian Boyhood

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Picador, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 355 pages
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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 Boyhood

User 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 Boyhood

User Review  - Joanne - Goodreads

I only gave this two stars because it was consistently patchy. There were stretches that I really enjoyed and then stretches that I really didn't. By the end of this book, I found myself regularly ... Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Nega Mezlekia left Ethiopia in 1983 with little more than the clothes he was wearing. An engineer with degrees from Addis Ababa University and McGill University, he now lives in Toronto, where he is working on a novel.

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