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Lemn Sissay presents... Maaza Mengiste and Aida Edemariam

Who is telling the story?

Hay Festival 2021, 

Both Maaza Mengiste's Booker Prize-shortlisted novel The Shadow King and Aida Edemariam's Ondaatje Prize-winning biography of her grandmother, The Wife's Tale, approach the history of 20th-century Ethiopia through female protagonists. How does this change what is seen, what is heard, and what, in the end, lasts?