The Young Crusader, a book written by Solomon Hailemariam, has again been published by the East Africa Publishers which makes the book available in book stores in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda including Ethiopia.
The book at was originally published CODE Ethiopia in 2011. It was the winner of the first Burt Award for African Literature that year.
The story revolves around a young man named Admasu. He is a character that, in spite of the extraordinary achievement and all the appreciation from family, friends, distant relatives and officials, still has a feeling that something was missing from his life. And that, it turns out, was a mysterious girl he had seen in school.
According to the writer, the characters in The Young Crusader were representative of corruption, which manifests itself in a given society in a wide array of forms, instead of the character representing a single individual.
“As far as the flow of the story is concerned, rather than narrating crude facts within the characters, it starts with and culminates with romance/love, to which emotions of all the young adults belonging to adolescence are attracted; more importantly, the details of the story in the body are beautified with the passionate pursuit of self-actualization/assertion on the part of all the characters,” Solomon said in a statement.
Solomon Hailemariam has published several novels and short stories, both in Amharic and in English. The Young Crusader can be found in book stores around the country.
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