The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste audiobook

The Shadow King

By Maaza Mengiste
Read by Robin Miles

Recorded Books, Inc. 9780393083569
16.16 Hours Unabridged
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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 In 1935, orphaned servant Hirut struggles to adapt to her new household as Ethiopia faces Mussolini's looming invasion. As the battles begin in earnest, Hirut and other women must care for the wounded. But when Emperor Haile Selassie goes into exile and Ethiopia is about to lose hope, Hirut helps to disguise a gentle peasant as the emperor to keep the fight alive. She becomes his guard, inspiring women to join the war against fascism. In this extraordinary, beautifully told epic, Hirut overcomes rape, violence, and imprisonment, finding the strength to fight for her country's freedom and her own. Maaza Mengiste breathes life into complicated characters on both sides of the battle line, shaping a searing story of ordinary women and the advanced army they courageously opposed. Set against the first real conflict of World War II, The Shadow King is a heartrending, indelible exploration of what it means to be a woman at war.

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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

"A brilliant novel, lyrically lifting history towards myth. It's also compulsively readable. I devoured it in two days." ? Salman Rushdie In 1935, orphaned servant Hirut struggles to adapt to her new household as Ethiopia faces Mussolini's looming invasion. As the battles begin in earnest, Hirut and other women must care for the wounded. But when Emperor Haile Selassie goes into exile and Ethiopia is about to lose hope, Hirut helps to disguise a gentle peasant as the emperor to keep the fight alive. She becomes his guard, inspiring women to join the war against fascism. In this extraordinary, beautifully told epic, Hirut overcomes rape, violence, and imprisonment, finding the strength to fight for her country's freedom and her own. Maaza Mengiste breathes life into complicated characters on both sides of the battle line, shaping a searing story of ordinary women and the advanced army they courageously opposed. Set against the first real conflict of World War II, The Shadow King is a heartrending, indelible exploration of what it means to be a woman at war.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Against the odds, it is written in a key of pride and exaltation, and its characters have the outsize form of national heroes.” Wall Street Journal
“Robin Miles gives a flawless emotional narration of this superb novel…Miles makes this reminiscence an auditory treat. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Mengiste’s extraordinary characters…epitomize the impossibly intricate ties between humanity and monstrosity and the unthinkable, immeasurable cost of survival.” Booklist (starred review)
“Stunning.” BookPage

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Author

Author Bio: Maaza Mengiste

Author Bio: Maaza Mengiste

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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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 16.16
Audience: Adult
Language: English