This fictional story by Maaza Mengiste opens in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1974, on the eve of a revolution. Yonas kneels in his mother’s prayer room, pleading to his god for an end to the violence that has wracked his family and country. His father, Hailu, a prominent doctor, has been ordered to report to jail after helping a victim of state-sanctioned torture to die. And Dawit, Hailu’s youngest son, has joined an underground resistance movement.
Beneath the Lion’s Gaze tells a gripping story of family, of the bonds of love and friendship set in Ethiopia, a country rarely explored in fiction. It is a story about the lengths human beings will go in pursuit of freedom and the human price of a national revolution.
Paperback 320 pages. Published 2011.