Notes From the Hyena's Belly

Notes From the Hyena's Belly

An Ethiopian Boyhood

Book - 2001
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In this acclaimed memoir, Mezlekia recalls his boyhood in the arid city of Jijiga, Ethiopia, and his journey to manhood during the 1970s and 1980s. He traces his personal evolution from child to soldier - forced at the age of eighteen to join a guerrilla army. And he describes the hardships that consumed Ethiopia after the fall of Emperor Haile Selassie and the rise to power of the communist junta, in whose terror thousands of Ethiopians died. Part autobiography and part social history, Notes from the Hyena's Belly offers an unforgettable portrait of Ethiopia, and of Africa, during the defining and turbulent years of the last century.
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2001, c2000
Edition: 1st Picador USA ed
ISBN: 9780312269883
Characteristics: x, 355 p. : map ; 22 cm


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Sep 11, 2016

Draws you into thinking about Ethiopia's civil war but the understated approach to the horrors and the focus on the narrator's coming of age makes it gentle for the reader.


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Sep 11, 2016

gretchenbrown thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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