Maaza Mengiste | City of Asylum @ Alphabet City | Literary | Pittsburgh City Paper

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Maaza Mengiste

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Born in Ethiopia, author and essayist Maaza Mengiste has made a career of writing about those most affected by migration, war, and exile. Published in 2010, her debut novel, Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, follows a family during the Ethiopian revolution and Civil War that started in 1974. Alphabet City at City of Asylum presents a reading and discussion of her latest work, The Shadow King, a novel about one orphaned girl’s fight against fascism in 1935 as Italian dictator Benito Mussolini’s forces threaten Ethiopia.

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