The Shadow King

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Read 18/04/2021-04/05/2021

Rating 4 stars

Hirut, a woman with a long scar “that puckers at the base of her neck and trails over her shoulder like a broken necklace”, waits in Addis Ababa station for a man she hasn’t seen in almost 40 years. They are connected by a secret, one from history, involving Mussolini and Emperor Haile Selassie. Continue reading

438 Days (438 Dagar)

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Read 14/06/2015-17/06/2015

Rating: 5 stars

My friend Anna, who is Swedish, was reading this book and posted about how good it was on Instagram. She was reading it in Swedish, of course, so I was glad to learn it had been published in English.

438 Days (438 Dagar in Swedish) relates the experience of journalist Martin Schibbye and photographer Johan Persson as wrongly convicted prisoners in an Ethiopian gaol. Continue reading