Addis Ababa Noir (häftad)
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Cassava Republic Press
Mengiste, Maaza (contributions)/Addonia, Sulaiman (contributions)/Awake, Mikael (contributions)/Fantaye, Girma T. (contributions)/Fisseha, Rebecca (contributions)/Giorgis, Hannah (contributions)/Girma, Lelissa (contributions)/Hadero, Meron (contributions)/Hailemariam, Solomon (contributions)/Mengist
132 x 208 x 133 mm
304 g

Addis Ababa Noir

Häftad,  Engelska, 2021-07-20
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What marks life in Addis Ababa are the starkly different realities coexisting in one place. Its a growing city taking shape beneath the fraught weight of history, myth, and memory. It is a heady mix. It can also be disorienting, and it is in this space that the stories of Addis Ababa Noir reside . . . These are not gentle stories. They cross into forbidden territories and traverse the damaged terrain of the human heart. The characters in these pages are complicated, worthy of our judgment as much as they somehow manage to elude it. The writers have each discovered their own ways to get us to lean in while forcing us to grit our teeth as we draw closer . . . Despite the varied and distinct voices in these pages, no single book can contain all of the wonderful, intriguing, vexing complexities of Addis Ababa. But what you will read are stories by some of Ethiopias most talented writers living in the country and abroad. Each of them considers the many ways that myth and truth and a countrys dark edges come together to create something wholly originaland unsettling.
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What I found when I wanted to read the next short story in this anthology, was that I had to take a rest. The stories in Addis Ababa Noir are that powerful. The finished story was good. Ergo, I wanted to read the next one. Not all the stories involve crime, but the anthology contains many gems and all hold a mirror to life and death in a country riven by civil warfare, notably one by Mengiste herself where experts from Argentina are called in to identify bodies of disappeared Ethiopians. On the lighter side there is a wonderful piece of social observation in Bewketu Seyoums Under the Minibus Ceiling which follows the random thoughts and conversations of passengers on a bus, which range from the price of berbere (a blend of hot spices integral to Ethiopian cooking), how to confuse the Prophet Isiah with the President of Eritrea and who, exactly, is Angelina Jolie?

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Maaza Mengiste is a novelist and essayist who was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Scholar Program, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Creative Capital. Her debut novel, Beneath the Lions Gaze, was selected by the Guardian as one of the ten best contemporary African books and named one of the best books of 2010 by Christian Science Monitor, Boston Globe, and other publications. Her work can be found in the New Yorker, New York Review of Books, Granta, the Guardian, the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and BBC, among other places. She was a writer on the documentary projects Girl Rising and The Invisible City: Kakuma. Her second novel, The Shadow King, was published in September 2019.


11 Introduction PART I: PAST HAUNTINGS 17 Kind Stranger 29 A Double-Edged Inheritance 47 Ostrich 66 Dust, Ash, Flight PART II: TRANSLATIONS OF GRIEF 91 Father Bread 105 The Blue Shadow 120 A Night in Bela Sefer PART III: MADNESS DESCENDS 137 Insomnia 153 Of the Poet and the Caf 174 Under the Minibus Ceiling 183 Of Buns and Howls PART IV: POLICE AND THIEVES 207 Kebele ID 220 None of Your Business 228 Agony of the Congested Heart 244 About the Contributors