The Shadow King

The Shadow King

A Novel

Book - 2019
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"A brilliant novel, lyrically lifting history towards myth. It's also compulsively readable. I devoured it in two days." -- Salman Rushdie.
With the threat of Mussolini's army looming, recently orphaned Hirut struggles to adapt to her new life as a maid to Kidane and his wife Aster. Kidane, an officer in Emperor Haile Selassie's army, rushes to mobilize his strongest men before the Italians invade. His initial kindness to Hirut shifts into cruelty when she resists his advances, and Hirut finds herself tumbling into a new world of thefts and violations, of betrayals and rage. As the war begins in earnest, the Emperor goes into exile and Ethiopia quickly loses hope. Hirut helps disguise a gentle peasant as the emperor and soon becomes his guard, inspiring other women to take up arms against the Italians. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York :, W. W. Norton & Company,, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393083569
Characteristics: 428 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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OPL_AnnaW Sep 05, 2019

I don't typically like historical fiction, however this book is an exception. A story of women's roles during Ethiopia's resistance to Italian fascism in the 1930's, this saga captivated me through the strength of its characters and the lyricism of the author.


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