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Maaza Mengiste on telling lost stories: 'Archives are not innocent‪'‬ Culture Call

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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 culturecall@ft.com. Message Lilah on Instagram or Twitter @lilahrap, and the podcast @ftculturecall.
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–Explore the FT Women of 2020 issue (paywall) https://www.ft.com/womenof2020
–Maaza Mengiste's Inventory Q&A in FT Magazine (paywall) https://www.ft.com/content/cc2a53d3-960e-4617-a1c1-0df51e17bdae
–A Big Read on the crisis in Ethiopia (FT): https://www.ft.com/content/b888c23a-45ed-4937-9154-3117cc23e202 and a Twitter thread from Maaza on the humanitarian disaster https://twitter.com/MaazaMengiste/status/1331312586869104641
–What's going on currently in Armenia (Politico) https://www.politico.eu/article/nagorno-karabakh-refugees-see-little-chance-of-returning-home-after-peace-deal/ and a history of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh (Jacobin) https://jacobinmag.com/2020/10/azerbaijan-armenia-conflict-nationalism-colonialism
–Project 3541, Maaza's online archive of the 1935-41 Italo-Ethiopian war https://www.project3541.com/
–An essay by Maaza on losing her father https://thecorrespondent.com/484/trapping-ghosts-photographs-dont-lock-us-to-loss-they-remind-us-to-live/64077614260-800b5ee9
–The Rockefeller Tree in all its glory https://twitter.com/liamstack/status/1328801264075935747
–Maaza's book recommendations: Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gurnah, Rainbow Milk by Paul Mendez, Trieste by Dasa Drndic
–Alice mentioned two FT Magazine stories: The next pandemic: where is it coming from and how do we stop it? https://www.ft.com/content/2a80e4a2-7fb9-4e2c-9769-bc0d98382a5c and Siri Hustvedt: ‘I think of the sirens as New York’s heartbreaking music’ https://www.ft.com/content/9b39d8ae-8433-11ea-b872-8db45d5f6714
–Alice's book recommendation: Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

–Our next guest is Shantell Martin. Here's her Instagram https://www.instagram.com/shantell_martin/?hl=en and a TED Talk about her work https://www.ted.com/talks/shantell_martin_no_one_else_you_could_be
–Reader recs: The Social Dilemma and Love and Anarchy are on Netflix
–The reader-recommended piece by Eric Hoffer https://www.cooperative-individualism.org/hoffer-eric_role-of-the-undesirables-1963.htm
–Lilah's recs: Kiley Reid's novel Such a Fun Age comes out soon in paperback https://www.ft.com/content/542200be-322a-11ea-a329-0bcf87a328f2 / The Queen's Gambit is on Netflix
 
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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 culturecall@ft.com. Message Lilah on Instagram or Twitter @lilahrap, and the podcast @ftculturecall.
Links:For free 30-day access to FT journalism, sign up to the Coronavirus Business Update newsletter with this special link: https://www.ft.com/newsletter-signup/coronavirus?segmentId=0d92d58c-2c7d-178e-6aa8-81529dd53b1b

–Explore the FT Women of 2020 issue (paywall) https://www.ft.com/womenof2020
–Maaza Mengiste's Inventory Q&A in FT Magazine (paywall) https://www.ft.com/content/cc2a53d3-960e-4617-a1c1-0df51e17bdae
–A Big Read on the crisis in Ethiopia (FT): https://www.ft.com/content/b888c23a-45ed-4937-9154-3117cc23e202 and a Twitter thread from Maaza on the humanitarian disaster https://twitter.com/MaazaMengiste/status/1331312586869104641
–What's going on currently in Armenia (Politico) https://www.politico.eu/article/nagorno-karabakh-refugees-see-little-chance-of-returning-home-after-peace-deal/ and a history of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh (Jacobin) https://jacobinmag.com/2020/10/azerbaijan-armenia-conflict-nationalism-colonialism
–Project 3541, Maaza's online archive of the 1935-41 Italo-Ethiopian war https://www.project3541.com/
–An essay by Maaza on losing her father https://thecorrespondent.com/484/trapping-ghosts-photographs-dont-lock-us-to-loss-they-remind-us-to-live/64077614260-800b5ee9
–The Rockefeller Tree in all its glory https://twitter.com/liamstack/status/1328801264075935747
–Maaza's book recommendations: Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gurnah, Rainbow Milk by Paul Mendez, Trieste by Dasa Drndic
–Alice mentioned two FT Magazine stories: The next pandemic: where is it coming from and how do we stop it? https://www.ft.com/content/2a80e4a2-7fb9-4e2c-9769-bc0d98382a5c and Siri Hustvedt: ‘I think of the sirens as New York’s heartbreaking music’ https://www.ft.com/content/9b39d8ae-8433-11ea-b872-8db45d5f6714
–Alice's book recommendation: Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

–Our next guest is Shantell Martin. Here's her Instagram https://www.instagram.com/shantell_martin/?hl=en and a TED Talk about her work https://www.ted.com/talks/shantell_martin_no_one_else_you_could_be
–Reader recs: The Social Dilemma and Love and Anarchy are on Netflix
–The reader-recommended piece by Eric Hoffer https://www.cooperative-individualism.org/hoffer-eric_role-of-the-undesirables-1963.htm
–Lilah's recs: Kiley Reid's novel Such a Fun Age comes out soon in paperback https://www.ft.com/content/542200be-322a-11ea-a329-0bcf87a328f2 / The Queen's Gambit is on Netflix
 
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