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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NOTES FROM THE HYENA'S BELLY: Memories of My Ethiopian Boyhood

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An affecting, transporting memoir of growing up fast during the grim years following the overthrow of Haile Selassie in Ethiopia."In 1958, the year of the paradox, I was born in Ethiopia, in a hot and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Litfan - LibraryThing

Notes from the Hyena's Belly is a memoir that often reads like a novel. It depicts Nega's relatively calm childhood in sharp contrast to the growing unrest, civil strife and government corruption that ... 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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