Beneath the Lion's Gaze (by Maaza Mengiste)
This memorable, heartbreaking story opens in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,1974, on the eve of a revolution. Yonas kneels in his mother’s prayerroom, pleading to his god for an end to the violence that has wrackedhis family and country. His father, Hailu, a prominent doctor, has beenordered to report to jail after helping a victim of state-sanctionedtorture to die. And Dawit, Hailu’s youngest son, has joined anunderground resistance movement—a choice that will lead to moreupheaval and bloodshed across a ravaged Ethiopia. Beneath the Lion’s Gazetells a gripping story of family, of the bonds of love and friendshipset in a time and place that has rarely been explored in fiction. It isa story about the lengths human beings will go in pursuit of freedomand the human price of a national revolution. Emotionally gripping,poetic, and indelibly tragic, Beneath The Lion’s Gaze is a transcendent and powerful debut.
- W. W. Norton & Company
- 0393338886, 978-0393338881