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Maaza Mengiste

What Does It Mean to be a Woman at War?

Africa Writes Exeter Book Club/
Tue 26 January 2021

Crowdcast

Maaza Mengiste

What Does It Mean to be a Woman at War?

Maaza-Mengiste-credit-Nina-Subin
Tue 26 January 2021,

Crowdcast

This event was part of our online programme and took place on our Crowdcast channel. You can watch it HERE.

Join Booker finalist Maaza Mengiste as she discusses The Shadow King in our second event in association with Africa Writes – Exeter Book Club.

Maaza Mengiste’s second novel and 2020 Booker finalist, The Shadow King, is a beautifully crafted exploration of female power within the context of personal conflict and the second Italo-Ethiopian war under Emperor Haile Selassie. With the threat of Mussolini’s army looming, recently orphaned Hirut struggles to adapt to her new life as a maid. Her new employer, Kidane, an officer in Emperor Haile Selassie’s army, rushes to mobilise his strongest men before the Italians invade. Hirut and the other women long to do more than care for the wounded and bury the dead. It is Hirut though who offers a plan.

Mengiste will be in conversation with Ndinda Kioko from the Jalada Africa collective about the process of writing The Shadow King and literary representations of war, history and female power.

This event is part of the Africa Writes – Exeter Book Club series which is being launched through Exeter’s UNESCO City of Literature Programme. More information on the Africa Writes – Exeter Book Club will be coming soon.

Presented in partnership with Saseni!, Author.Cafe, Jalada Africa, Libraries Unlimited and the University of Exeter.

Image of Maaza Mengiste by Nina Subin.

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