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Ciao Asmara - **OUT OF PRINT. But we may be able to find a copy for you! Please contact Bookware customer service for availability. **

by: Hill Justin

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On-line Price: TBAPaperbackpackage, 224

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Publisher: ABACUS,24/07/2002

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ISBN: 0349115265
ISBN13: 9780349115269

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Ciao Asmara stands beside Philip Gourevitch's Rwandan book, We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow You Will Be Killed with Your Families, as a classic account of contemporary Africa.

Ciao Asmara is the story of Justin Hill's two years in the tiny African state of Eritrea, the people he met, and the astonishing country he discovered. He describes a nation rich in history: the ancient reign of the Queen of Sheba; the rule of both the Turks and Italians; the golden age of the 1950s, when the capital Asmara was the most industrialised part of Africa; and the megalomania of Ethiopian King Haile Selassie's brutal occupation. He depicts a modern Eritrea that is a country of extremes: from the burnt ochre landscape littered with war to Asmara's art deco delights; a population that has spent thirty years fighting Ethiopia in a struggle that the West has largely forgotten; a place whose welcome is always warm but whose Melotti beer is the most disgusting in the world.