If thereâ€™s one useful outcome that has come out of Jonas Woldermariamâ€™s trying childhood, it is this: Jonas has become an expert at varnishing the truth. This ability to embellish facts comes in especially handy at Jonasâ€™s first job. He works at a law firm that helps newly arrived immigrants with the asylum process. Jonasâ€™s job is to help the immigrants with their essays and edit them for structure and grammar. But Jonas canâ€™t help adding some spice to their stories…
October 28, 2010
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Tags: Dinaw Mengestu, Ethiopia, Identity, Immigration-Diaspora Â· Posted in: 2010 Favorites, Family Matters, Literary, Reading Guide, World Lit, y Award Winning Author
Emperor Haile Selassie ruled Ethiopia for more than four decades. Stories about him are legendary even today. Debut author Maaza Mengisteâ€™s book BENEATH THE LION’S GAZE is set during a period of history when the emperor is just on his way out; it takes place over a few years around 1974.