Maaza Mengiste

New novel documents Ethiopia’s female heroines in war against Italians

What you need to know:

  • The Shadow King tells the story how of a determined but ill-equipped Ethiopian army repulsed an attack from the Italians 85 years ago.
  • The novel lifts to the forefront the unassailable power of women’s courage and prowess in conflicts throughout history.

A new novel by the Ethiopian author Maaza Mengiste, titled The Shadow King, captures the valuable contribution of the gallant heroines who were part of the national army that defeated the invading colonial Italian army in Ethiopia 85 years ago.


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