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Maaza Mengiste

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Maaza Mengiste

Maaza Mengiste is the author of The Shadow King, shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize and a recipient of the American Academy of Arts & Letters Award in Literature. It was named a Best Book of 2019 by New York Times, NPR, Time, Elle, and other publications. Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, her debut, was selected by the Guardian as one of the ten best contemporary African books. Maaza has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, DAAD, the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Articles by Maaza Mengiste

The Act of Naming
By Maaza Mengiste
How can we grieve for those we cannot identify?
Dispatch from Florence’s Festival degli Scrittori
By Maaza Mengiste
The ninth annual Festival degli Scrittori and the Premio von Rezzori, a Florence-based literary festival that culminates in a ceremony conferring the Premio von Rezzori for best foreign literary work…
The World Between: Writing from Ethiopia and Italy
By Maaza Mengiste
Ethiopia has historically been a closed country, shielded by difficult geography and fiercely protective leaders who mistrusted the ever-invasive, ever-greedy foreigners that did manage to come in. In…
from “Etenesh”
By Paolo Castaldi
© Paolo Castaldi. By arrangement with the author. Translation © 2012 by Maaza Mengiste. All rights reserved.
Translated by Maaza Mengiste
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