BOOKS: Memoirs - Ethiopia
The chains of heaven The Chains of Heaven: An Ethiopian Romance
Philip Marsden

When Philip Marsden first went to Ethiopia in 1982, it changed the direction of his life. What he saw of its astonishing antiquity, its raw medieval Christianity, its extremes of brutality and grace produced in him a restless curiosity, and made him a writer. Twenty years later, Marsden returned. The Chains of Heaven is the account of a journey deferred. Walking hundreds of miles through a landscape of cavernous gorges, tabletop mountains and semi-desert, he encounters monks and hermits, rebels and farmers, people whose spiritual passions reveal a reckless disregard for the material. He stays in isolated homesteads, climbs to monasteries accessible only by ox-hide rope or by chain. He creates an unforgettable picture of one of the most remote regions left on earth, and explores the ambiguities of a nation and a Church fiercely proud of their independence but also shackled by it.

A Man With Integrity
Haymanot Berhanu

The life story of an Ethiopian Christian who raises his family in the late twentieth century, A Man With Integrity follows the life of Berhanu Ademe as told by his daughter, Haymanot.

The Mountains Of Rasselas: An Ethiopian Adventure
Thomas Pakenham

Rasselas is a tale of the royal princes of Abyssinia, who were condemned to live on the prison-mountain of Wehni until they died or the order of succession called them to the throne. How much of this was truth and how much legend? Thomas Pakenham traveled to Ethiopia to find out. The predicament of the prisoners had been even more melodramatic than previously surmised. And an incredible archeological discovery was made: a medieval church of the finest style ever recorded. Nearly 40 years after the story was published in 1959, Pakenham returned to the Mountain. In this edition, historical insight and new color photography are added to the original story.

An Ethiopian Odyssey
Annette Allen

By the age of nine, Annette Allen had been to five different schools, trailing behind her father, an itinerant aeronautical engineer. In Ethiopia, she sat beside princesses at school whilst witnessing heart-breaking poverty; falling in love with the complex people and magnificent scenery. After apartheid South Africa, she returned to middle class life in Britain. But after a dream she had in April 2000, transporting her back to the heat and drought of Ethiopia, she decided to go back. Little did she know that the 25,000 mile quest would reveal how interconnected everything was

In Ethiopia With a Mule
Dervla Murphy

The story of this prolific travel writer's extensive journey through Ethiopia from Addis Ababa to Eritrea, mostly on foot and by mule.

Notes from the Hyena's Belly
Nega Mezlekia
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Part autobiography and part social history, Notes from the Hyena's Belly offers an unforgettable portrait of Ethiopia, and of Africa, during the 1970s.

Held at a distance - a rediscovery of Ethiopia
Rebecca Haile
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Rebecca Haile lived in Ethiopia until she was 11 years old. When the Emperor was deposed by a military coup, her father was shot. Barely surviving, he escaped with his family and settled in Minnesota where they struggled with the strain of their changed circumstances. This book brings into focus the consequences of political upheaval in Ethiopia.

There is no me without you
Melissa Fay Greene
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Melissa Fay Greene documents the tragic lives of the children of Ethiopian AIDS victims. Greene focuses on the efforts of Haregewoin Teferra and her orphanage while chronicling how the Ethiopian government and much of the world ignore these innocent children.

Breafast in Hell - A doctor's experiences of the Ethiopian famine
Myles Harris

This is an Australian doctor's account of his four months working for the Red Cross in Ethiopia during 1984 when the famine there had reached the world's attention. Harris vividly portrays frustration with inadequate living conditions, bureaucratic inefficiency and mismanagement, and politically motivated activities that contribute to starvation.

The hospital by the river
Catherine Hamlin
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Gynecologists Catherine and Reg Hamlin established a midwifery school in Ethiopia in 1959. Through this work thousands of women have been able to resume a normal existence after living as outcasts. They dedicated their lives to women suffering the catastrophic effects of obstructed labor - a problem easily dealt with in the developed world, but disastrous without medical intervention. The awful injuries that such labor produces are called fistulae, and until the Hamlins began their work in Ethiopia, fistula sufferers were neglected and forgotten - a vast group of women facing a lifetime of incapacity and degradation.

Surrender or Starve - Travels in Ethiopia, Sudan,Somalia and Eritrea
Robert D. Kaplan
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Reporting from Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Eritrea, Kaplan examines the factors behind the famine that ravaged the region in the 1980s, exploring the ethnic, religious, and class conflicts that are crucial for understanding the region today. He offers a new foreword and afterword that show how the nations have developed since the famine, and why this region will only grow more important to the United States. This book is also available in Spanish under the title Rendicion o hambre: Viajes por Etiopia, Sudan, Somalia y Eritrea.

The scent of eucalyptus: a missionary childhood in Ethiopia
Daniel Coleman

A pink-skinned, fair-haired child of Canadian missionary parents, Daniel Coleman grew up with an ambivalent relationship to the country of his birth. He was clearly different from his Ethiopian playmates, but because he was born there and knew no other home, he was not completely foreign. Like the eucalyptus, a tree imported to Ethiopia from Australia in the late 19th century to solve a firewood shortage, he and his missionary family were naturalized transplants.

The Zanzibar Chest
Aidan Hartley

Hartley, a journalist and British subject with four generations of colonial administrators in the family, offers a startlingly refreshing perspective on the political, social, and cultural impact of British colonialism in Africa and Arabia. The son of a foreign service officer, Hartley was raised in East Africa and educated in British prep schools. As a journalist, he traveled the war circuit through Rwanda, Ethiopia, Somalia, Bosnia, and other hot spots.

Tiempo Etiope
Luz Dominguez

(Only available in Spanish) The desire of this book is to change the view about Ethiopia, and finally about other cultures, outcast because they are unknown. It's what we ignore what doesn't let us move forward in the journey of life. In these days in which everything is tinted by the global idea, it's important to live in the Ethiopian time, because the Abyssinian empire keeps its calendar and in this way the year has 13 months. In this extra month that Ethiopians enjoy is what we Europeans lack to expand the view and to be more generous with our hands and our ideas.

Eating the Flowers of Paradise: A Journey Through the Drug Fields of Ethiopia and Yemen
Kevin Rushby

The title refers to qat, a leaf that when chewed produces a hypnotic effect. When Rushby was teaching English in Yemen, he became enraptured by the drug, which is central to Yemeni social life. Back in Britain and feeling nostalgic several years later, he decided to go back and follow the ancient trade routes of qat, which overlapped the routes of Arthur Rimbaud and the explorer Richard Burton. Rushby's vivid writing reveals places that few visit: Southern Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Yemen. He meets strange and sometimes dangerous characters but finds generosity almost everywhere he goes.

My Fathers' Daughter: A Story of Family and Belonging
Hannah Pool

Hannah Pool, adopted by a British academic from an orphanage in Eritrea and raised primarily in Manchester, returned to the land of her birth to seek out her biological father and the rest of her family. She spent only two weeks there, so she was unable to delve into the country's history and politics, or the lives and psyches of the numerous relatives she found, including a sister she hadn't known that she had. Nonetheless, the experience was a hugely emotional one.

Etiopia, un rostro con tres miradas (in Spanish)
Javier Gozalvez

The discovery of the country was a revelation to Dulce Cebrian and Javier Gozálbez and let them to get involved in assistance projects and the development of the country. Also, they traveled Ethiopian territory from end to end, visiting lesser-knowncorners turning their tours and visits richer in experience than in comfort. And all that baggage has turned into the pages of this book, in their texts and photos

El Nilo Azul: Testimonio de un mundo olvidado (in Spanish)
Javier Gozalvez

The Blue Nile contributes more than half the volumen that the river Nile brings into the Mediterranean. However,we barely know anything about itsbasin, its people, their wanderings. Javier Gozálbez challenged himself to discover what lies beneath that silence and, in the style of the early explorers, went to meet its sources in Ethiopia. Then followed the line that marked the course of the river to reach Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, where the Blue Nile joins his brother, the White Nile.