Maaza Mengiste on telling lost stories: 'Archives are not innocent'
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The Shadow King author discusses the ways history is remembered, recorded and retold
Maaza Mengiste is one of the FT's Women of the Year, and author of the epic historical novel The Shadow King. Her book, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, is about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia at the start of WWII. It asks massive questions about how history is remembered, recorded and retold. Maaza and Lilah talk about collective memory, women warriors, decolonising the archives and who will tell the stories of 2020. It's full of wisdom. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll take notes. Plus: Alice Fishburn, editor of FT Weekend Magazine, drops by to discuss the novel, our Women of the Year issue, and commissioning in a pandemic. We love hearing your thoughts! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Message Lilah on Instagram or Twitter @lilahrap, and the podcast @ftculturecall.
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–Explore the FT Women of 2020 issue (paywall)
–Project 3541, Maaza's online archive of the 1935-41 Italo-Ethiopian war
–An essay by Maaza on losing her father
–Alice's book recommendation: Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell
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