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Maaza Mengiste


Ethiopia

Maaza Mengiste was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University. A recent Pushcart Prize nominee, she was named "New Literary Idol" by New York Magazine. Her work has appeared in The Baltimore Review, Ninth Letter, and 42opus.
 

Genres: Mystery
 
Novels
   Beneath the Lion's Gaze (2010)
   The Shadow King (2019)
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Maaza Mengiste recommends
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My Friends (2024)
Hisham Matar
"It is impossible to describe the profound depth and beauty of this book. My Friends is a breathtaking novel, every page a miracle and an affirmation. If there is a language of exile, My Friends is what it sounds like: exquisite and painful, compassionate and unflinching, and, above all, overwhelming in its boundless hope that within exile rests a path toward a different kind of return - one that leads us back to ourselves. Hisham Matar is one of our greatest writers. How lucky we are to be in his midst."
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Above the Salt (2023)
Katherine Vaz
"Katherine Vaz offers us a story of discovery, loss, and the fragile but unwavering bonds of love that endure despite it all. This epic saga confirms her as one of our best writers."
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Beyond the Door of No Return (2023)
David Diop
"Stunningly realized and written in exquisite prose, Beyond the Door of No Return is a love story, an adventure tale, and an unflinching examination of the unexpected ways that colonialism and greed ravaged everyone it touched, European and African. It is above all else, a spellbinding novel about the high price of betrayal-of others, and oneself."

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Awards
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2020) : The Shadow King


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