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Maaza Mengiste

Maaza Mengiste (b 1974, Ethiopia) is a novelist, essayist, and photographer. She was forced to flee Ethiopia with her family because of the civil war and sought refuge first in Kenya and later in the USA, where she currently resides. Her debut novel Beneath the Lion’s Gaze was published in 2010. Her novel The Shadow King was shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize and was a 2020 LA Times Book Prize Fiction finalist.

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