Ethiopian-American author Maaza Mengiste on her novel ‘The Shadow King’
08 January 2022 | 3:00 pm
Maaza Mengiste's Booker Prize-shortlisted novel "The Shadow King" is set during the Second Italo-Ethiopian War in 1935 and casts light on the women soldiers that history forgot. As the book is translated into French, the Ethiopian-American author joined us to tell us more about her work and why women are so often written out of the history books.
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