Maaza Mengiste in the New York Times

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Disquiet 2020 Faculty Maaza Mengiste’s new novel THE SHADOW KING received a review in the NYT which ends: “…for once, all this grandeur, all this grace, is in the service of a tale of a woman, Hirut, as indelible and compelling a hero as any I’ve read in years. This novel made me feel pity and fear, and more times than is reasonable, gave me goose bumps. Reading it was like this: In the middle of battle, tortured by the thought of Kidane’s endless power over her, Hirut suddenly loses her fear of death. She runs toward the Italian Army, taps at her own chest, and says: Boom.” Read more here!


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