Beneath the Lion's Gaze (Compact Disc)

By Maaza Mengiste, Steven Crossley (Narrated by)

Tantor Audio, 9781400144945

Publication Date: January 25, 2010



This memorable, heartbreaking story opens in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 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-a choice that will lead to more upheaval and bloodshed across a ravaged Ethiopia. Beneath the Lion's Gaze tells a gripping story of family, of the bonds of love and friendship set in a time and place that has rarely been explored in fiction before. It is a story about the lengths human beings will go in pursuit of freedom and the human price of a national revolution. Emotionally gripping, poetic, and indelibly tragic, Beneath the Lion's Gaze is a transcendent and powerful debut.

About the Author

Maaza Mengiste, a Pushcart Prize nominee, was named "New Literary Idol" by "New York Magazine." Her work has appeared in the "Baltimore Review" and "Ninth Letter," and has been translated and published into German and Romanian for "Lettre International."

Steven Crossley is one of a select group of narrators who have recorded over two hundred audiobooks. He has won multiple "AudioFile" Earphones Awards, including for "The Ground Beneath Her Feet" by Salman Rushdie and "Sharpe's Fury" by Bernard Cornwell.

Praise For Beneath the Lion's Gaze

"With...a compassionate imagination that transforms everything it touches on, Maaza Mengiste delivers an important story." ---Chris Albani, author of Graceland, a Today Show pick