The story Dr Bereket Habte Selassie presents in his latest book is about the tumultuous era during which I lived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I can say that I found it, partly, the story of my youth, reminding me of how the bright and dark shades of the 1970s shaped my attitude and the positions I took in my personal life. The account took me back to an era I had stepped out of long ago and have tried to dismiss from my memory. But the vivid portrayal of that era readily conjured the image up and I came to realise that the characters, and the story itself, touched a nerve within me.

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Martin Plaut's book, 'Understanding Eritrea', is a timely and crucial read. The book provides an important account of the distinctive aspects and nature of rogue nations. Focusing on the historical metamorphosis of Eritrea, which Plaut has actively followed since the mid-seventies, the book delves into the discussion of how Eritrea betrayed its own citizens.

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Borderlines is Michela Wrong’s first novel and it tells the story of North Darrar (ND), a fictional country Eritreans will immediately recognise as very like their own. It is a thoroughly researched, legally mesmerising and philosophically challenging account, which keeps the reader in suspense from start to finish.

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