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Abyssinian Chronicles: A Novel

Like Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children and Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, Moses Isegawa's Abyssinian Chronicles tells a riveting story of twentieth-century Africa that is passionate in vision and breathtaking in scope. At the center of this unforgettable tale is Mugezi, a young man who manages to make it through the hellish reign of Idi Amin and experiences firsthand the most crushing aspects of Ugandan society: he withstands his distant father's oppression and his mother's cruelty in the name of Catholic zeal, endures the ravages of war, rape, poverty, and AIDS, and yet he is able to keep a hopeful and even occasionally amusing outlook on life. Mugezi's hard-won observations form a cri de coeur for a people shaped by untold losses.

Radiance of Tomorrow: A Novel

A haunting, beautiful first novel by the bestselling author of A Long Way GoneWhen Ishmael Beah's A Long Way Gone was published in 2007, it soared to the top of bestseller lists, becoming an instant classic: a harrowing account of Sierra Leone's civil war and the fate of child soldiers that "everyone in the world should read" (The Washington Post). Now Beah, whom Dave Eggers has called "arguably the most read African writer in contemporary literature," has returned with his first novel, an affecting, tender parable about postwar life in Sierra Leone. At the center of Radiance of Tomorrow are Benjamin and Bockarie, two longtime friends who return to their hometown, Imperi, after the civil war. The village is in ruins, the ground covered in bones. As more villagers begin to come back, Benjamin and Bockarie try to forge a new community by taking up their former posts as teachers, but they're beset by obstacles: a scarcity of food; a rash of murders, thievery, rape, and retaliation; and the depredations of a foreign mining company intent on sullying the town's water supply and blocking its paths with electric wires. As Benjamin and Bockarie search for a way to restore order, they're forced to reckon with the uncertainty of their past and future alike. With the gentle lyricism of a dream and the moral clarity of a fable, Radiance of Tomorrow is a powerful novel about preserving what means the most to us, even in uncertain times. Named one of the Christian Science Monitor's best fiction books of 2014

The Habesha Chronicles

Have you ever wondered where the Arch of the Covenant is? who the queen of Sheba is? or who was the King that hosted the followers of prophet Mohammed during the first hijra? Do you wonder who the first person to be baptized as a christian by apostle Philip is? Do you know the only language with its own alphabets in Africa? where and where were European colonizers defeated in Africa? Who is Emperor Haile Selassie? Reading 'The Habesha Chronicles' you will find the answers to these questions. The Habesha Chronicles will take you in a time journey through the history of the Habesha people in Ethiopia and Eritrea. The Habesha people have a long history of statehood. Reading the book, you will start your journey with the great Axum kingdom which was one of the four great civilizations of the world at the time along with Rome, Pursia and China. You will be pinned to the book as you read about the great Queen Yodit Gudit who destroyed the kingdom of Axum and the Zagwe dynasty that followed her. You will read about the Zagwe kings who built the great Rock hewen churches of Lalibela. The story of the controversial Ahmed Ibn Al Ghazi, the conqurer is told beautifully in a chapter dedicated to him. The Shewa monarchs and the Gonder kings followed by the expansion of Oromo with a detail explanation of the Gadaa system. You will read about Yared the father of Habesha Music, Zar'a Yakob the Phylosopher and other great figures in The Habesha Chronicles.

The Map of Love: A Novel

Booker Prize Finalist Here is an extraordinary cross-cultural love story that unfurls across Egypt, England, and the United States over the course of a century. Isabel Parkman, a divorced American journalist, has fallen in love with a gifted and difficult Egyptian-American conductor. Shadowing her romance is the courtship of her great-grandparents Anna and Sharif nearly one hundred years before. In 1900 the recently widows Anna Winterbourne left England for Egypt, an outpost of the Empire roiling with political sentiment. She soon found herself enraptured by the real Egypt and in love with Sharif Pasha al-Baroudi, an Egyptian nationalist. When Isabel, in an attempt to discover the truth behind her heritage, reenacts Anna’s excursion to Egypt, the story of her great-grandparents unravels before her, revealing startling parallels for her own life. Combining the romance and intricate narrative of a nineteenth-century novel with a very modern sense of culture and politics—both sexual and international—Ahdaf Soueif has created a thoroughly seductive and mesmerizing tale.