Posted by: koolwine | July 18, 2010

Ethiopia: Notes from the Hyena’s Belly

Country: Ethiopia

Local Name: Ityop’iya

Title: Notes from the Hyena’s Belly

Author: Nega Mezlekia (Ethiopian)

Published: 2000 Pages:351

Acclaim: Winner of the Governor General’s Award; a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

Time Period: 1958-1983

Summary: Mezlekia recounts his childhood in the half-Christian, half-Muslim city of  Jijiga, his  participation in demonstrations on the behalf of tenant farmers, his secret membership in the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Party (EPRP), his enlistment in the Western Somali Liberation Movement, his family’s flight from the invading Somali army, his college education at Addis Ababa University during the Red Terror assassinations, and his eventual emigration to Canada.


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