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Book Launch - King of Kings: The Triumph and Tragedy of Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia

Prince Asfa-Wossen Asserate

Tuesday 3rd November 2015

6:30pm - 8:30pm, Fairfield House, 2 Kelston Road, Bath BA1 3QJ

King of Kings book coverTo coincide with the 85th anniversary of Haile Selassie's coronation, Haus Publishers have organised the book launch of King of Kings - The Triumph and Tragedy of Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia, by Prince Asfa-Wossen Asserate.

Haile Selassie, 'King of Kings', was a descendent of King Solomon and a forerunner of African unity and independence. He fought with the Allies against the fascist Axis powers during the Second World War and was the messiah of the Jamaican Rastafarians. He was a reformer and an autocrat, who was assassinated in a communist coup. He was an equally formidable and iridescent figure, who is brilliantly portrayed by his great-nephew Asfa-Wossen Asserate.

Asfa-Wossen Asserate was born in 1948 in Addis Ababa as a member of the Imperial House of Ethiopia. He read history and law at Cambridge and at the University of Tübingen, and received his PhD at the University of Frankfurt. He now lives in Frankfurt where he works as a consultant on African and Middle-Eastern Affairs, and as a political analyst. He is a bestselling author in Germany and has been awarded the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize and the Jacob Grimm Prize, two of the country's most prestigious literary prizes.

Fairfield House in association with Haus Publishing invite you to the book launch which will begin with:

  • An Introduction by Ian Campbell, historian of Ethiopia
  • A reading by Prince Asfa-Wossen followed by a conversation between the Prince, Professor Shiferaw Bekele (Addis Ababa University) and Ian Campbell
  • Q&A from guests followed by a book signing.
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