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
0312269889
Branch Call Number: BIO MEZLEKIA N. Mezlekia 2000
Characteristics: x, 355 p. :,map ;,22 cm.

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patcarstensen
Aug 30, 2018

I really liked his mother's stories.

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MWonday
Aug 27, 2018

Amazing book, with language that causes you to reevaluate how you interpret everyday challenges. A very personal, yet general telling about Ethiopian history during that time. Great read!

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gretchenbrown
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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gretchenbrown thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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