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The Resource The wife's tale : a personal history, Aida Edemariam

The wife's tale : a personal history, Aida Edemariam

Label
The wife's tale : a personal history
Title
The wife's tale
Title remainder
a personal history
Statement of responsibility
Aida Edemariam
Title variation
wifes tale
Title variation remainder
a personal history
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A hundred years ago, a girl was born in the northern Ethiopian city of Gondar. Before she was ten years old, Yetemegnu was married to a man two decades her senior, an ambitious poet-priest. Over the next century her world changed beyond recognition. She witnessed Fascist invasion and occupation, Allied bombardment and exile from her city, the ascent and fall of Emperor Haile Selassie, revolution and civil war. She endured all these things alongside parenthood, widowhood and the death of children. The Wife's Tale is an intimate memoir, both of a life and of a country. In prose steeped in Yetemegnu's distinctive voice and point of view, Aida Edemariam retells her grandmother's stories of a childhood surrounded by proud priests and soldiers, of her husband's imprisonment, of her fight for justice - all of it played out against an ancient cycle of festivals and the rhythms of the seasons. She introduces us to a rich cast of characters - emperors and empresses, scholars and nuns, Marxist revolutionaries and wartime double agents. And through these encounters she takes us deep into the landscape and culture of this many-layered, often mis-characterised country - and the heart of one indomitable woman
Summary
A Guardian journalist traces the life of her remarkable nonagenarian grandmother against a backdrop of the tumultuous transformations from feudalism, to monarchy, to Marxist revolution, to democracy, over the course of a century in modern Ethiopia.
Tone
Writing style
Award
RSL Ondaatje Prize, 2019.
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10638737
Cataloging source
NZTPP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Aida Edemariam
Dewey number
963.043092
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
LC call number
CT2158.Y48
LC item number
A33 2018
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Yetemegnu Mekonnen
  • Yetemegnu Mekonnen
  • Ethiopia
  • Women
  • Ethiopia
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a personal history
Label
The wife's tale : a personal history, Aida Edemariam
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Originally published in Great Britain in 2018 by Fourth Estate
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1016948140
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
xi, 314 pages
Isbn
9780062136039
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)1016948140
Label
The wife's tale : a personal history, Aida Edemariam
Publication
Copyright
Note
Originally published in Great Britain in 2018 by Fourth Estate
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1016948140
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
xi, 314 pages
Isbn
9780062136039
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)1016948140

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