Ethiopia Through Writers’ Eyes | An Anthology of Ethiopian Writing from Herodotus to Edgar Allan Poe, by way of Dervla Murphy and Prester John, edited by Yves-Marie Stranger:

“What you have here is quite literally the best bits from whole libraries of past travel accounts, hand-picked by Yves-Marie Stranger, a long time Ethiopia resident, translator and writer. With historical sketches by the editor to contexualise the passages.”

“There are only a handful of destinations left in the world that have retained their ability to shock the traveller with their unique perspectives. These places still awaken a sense of deep wonder as they offer the rare opportunity to observe the world from a different angle.  Ethiopia is one of those rare countries. This book is the perfect companion to any exploration of Ethiopia, be it in the precarious saddle of an Abyssinian pony, or from the folds of an armchair. A compendium of all things Ethiopian, the book throws wide open precious windows of understanding, allowing you to gaze deeper into the landscape and people with additional wonder.  As well as peopling the land with its own caste of priest kings descended from Solomon and Sheba, Ethiopia has long attracted the attentions of eccentric adventurers, Jesuit explorers, foolish would-be conquerors, as well as saints and sinners in equal measure… and the keen interest of writers of all stripes.”


Ethiopia Through Writers’ Eyes is now available with Eland books in the UK and Amazon and all good bookshops. The Ethiopian edition will be coming out with Uthiopia in December 2016.

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Utopia [juːˈtəʊpɪə]. An imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect. The word was first used in the book Utopia (1516) by Sir Thomas More. Synonyms:   paradise, heaven (on earth), Eden, Garden of Eden, Shangri-La, Elysium, Zion. 

Ethiopia [iːθɪˈəʊpɪə]. A republic in northeastern Africa on the Red Sea; formerly called Abyssinia. In classical antiquity the term was loosely applied to all of the lands beyond southern Egypt. 

Uthiopia [juːθɪˈəʊpɪə]. A portmanteau word, a toponyme for the land of Prester John, John de Mandeville, &  the blood line of Solomon where the lion of Juda roams alongside the unicorn, and Herodotus’ troglodytes now make their abode in condominiums.





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