The Shadow King

The Shadow King

A Novel

Book - 2019
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With the threat of Mussolini's army looming, recently orphaned Hirut struggles to adapt to her new life as a maid in Kidane and his wife Aster's household. Kidane, an officer in Emperor Haile Selassie's army, rushes to mobilize his strongest men before the Italians invade. His initial kindness to Hirut shifts into a flinty cruelty when she resists his advances, and Hirut finds herself tumbling into a new world of thefts and violations, of betrayals and overwhelming rage. Meanwhile, Mussolini's technologically advanced army prepares for an easy victory. Hundreds of thousands of Italians-Jewish photographer Ettore among them-march on Ethiopia seeking adventure.
Publisher: New York, NY :, W.W. Norton & Company,, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Description: 428 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780393083569
Branch Call Number: Meng


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OPL_AnnaW Sep 05, 2019

I don't typically like historical fiction, however this book is an exception. A story of women's roles during Ethiopia's resistance to Italian fascism in the 1930's, this saga captivated me through the strength of its characters and the lyricism of the author.

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