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Notes from the Hyena's Belly

(2000)
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In this powerful memoir, Nega Mezlekia recalls in vivid detail his boyhood in the arid city of Jijiga, Ethiopia, and his coming of age in the 1970s and 1980s, his country's most turbulent period. In a narrative that sparkles with wit, Mezlekia traces his own personal journey from boy to man. We meet Wondwossen, his best friend and collaborator in mischief; Mr. Alula, their embattled teacher; Mr. Tadesse, full-time school director and part-time poacher; Ms. Yetaferu, the Orthodox Christian boarder who manages to find a saint to worship each day of the year and thus to avoid gainful employment; and Yeneta, the local priest who is privy to the languages of heaven and hell. Mezlekia describes the difficulties that consumed Ethiopia after the fall of Emperor Haile Selassie and the rise to power of the communist junta, whose merciless Red Terror slaughtered 100,000 Ethiopian youths. Mezlekia himself was forced, at the age of 18, to joina a guerrilla army, and had several brushes with death at the hands of reactionary exorcists, but he somehow survived the bloodbath. "Notes from the Hyena's Belly" teems with the smells, sights and sounds of life in the Horn of Africa - its violent, ingenious humans and its underworld of screeching monkeys, lions and hyenas. Part autobiography and part social history, this is an unforgettable portrait of a world where the boundaries of credulity are challenged daily. Out of this rich, sundrenched land where modern corruption rides ancient custom like a hungry bird of prey, Mezlekia crafts a world elegant in its aridity, extreme in its absurdity and vast in its ironies.



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June 2008 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Notes from the Hyena's Belly: An Ethiopian Boyhood
Author(s): Nega Mezlekia
ISBN: 1-4352-9640-0 / 978-1-4352-9640-4 (USA edition)
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January 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: Notes from the Hyena's Belly: An Ethiopian Boyhood
Author(s): Nega Mezlekia
ISBN: 0-312-26988-9 / 978-0-312-26988-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador USA
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February 2000 : USA Hardback

Title: The Sun Has Risen
Author(s): Nega Mezlekia
ISBN: 0-670-88702-1 / 978-0-670-88702-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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September 2000 : USA Paperback
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Title: Notes from the Hyena's Belly
Author(s): Nega Mezlekia
ISBN: 0-312-28914-6 / 978-0-312-28914-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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February 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: Notes from the Hyena's Belly: Memories of my Ethiopian Boyhood
Author(s): Nega Mezlekia
ISBN: 0-14-028582-2 / 978-0-14-028582-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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April 2015 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Notes from the Hyena's Belly: An Ethiopian Boyhood
Author(s): Nega Mezlekia
Publisher: Picador
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