Beneath the Lion's Gaze: A Novel

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jan 1, 2010 - Fiction - 308 pages
16 Reviews
This memorable, heartbreaking story opens in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1974, on the eve of a revolution. Yonas kneels in his mother's prayer room, pleading to his god for an end to the violence that has wracked his family and country. His father, Hailu, a prominent doctor, has been ordered to report to jail after helping a victim of state-sanctioned torture to die. And Dawit, Hailu's youngest son, has joined an underground resistance movement—a choice that will lead to more upheaval and bloodshed across a ravaged Ethiopia.

Beneath the Lion's Gaze tells a gripping story of family, of the bonds of love and friendship set in a time and place that has rarely been explored in fiction. It is a story about the lengths human beings will go in pursuit of freedom and the human price of a national revolution. Emotionally gripping, poetic, and indelibly tragic, Beneath The Lion's Gaze is a transcendent and powerful debut.
  

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Review: Beneath the Lion's Gaze

User Review  - Amsutker - Goodreads

If I had to stack Beneath the Lion's Gaze on a shelf, I'd put it in the “historical fiction” category. The Ethiopian-American writer Maaza Mengiste's first novel is more about history than story, more ... Read full review

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User Review  - Pamela - Goodreads

“Beneath the Lion's Gaze” is one of the most culturally-profound, unforgettable, deeply moving novels you've probably never heard of, but should consider reading. The mechanics are flawless; the prose ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Maaza Mengiste was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she was named "New Literary Idol" by New York magazine. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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