Come along and attend the launch of the memoir, No One's Son, and meet the author, Tewondros Fekadu
In 1971, a boy is born out of wedlock into the crossfire of the Ethiopian/Eritrean civil war. These lands of legendary history are engulfed by one modern disaster after another as the last emperor is ousted, famine strikes, the communist dictator attempts to cull rebels through genocide, and the battle for independence continues.
Out of this chaos, Tewodros struggles for his own identity. Threaded with hope, determination and occasional mischief, his inward journey is as turbulent as his outward travels. His family flings him unwanted across borders and regions, into orphanages and finally onto the streets to starve - or die. At every turn, life deals him extremes: sometimes brutal, sometimes generous, but never the love he seeks.
Through humour and wisdom, Tewodros faces more than seems possible in one lifetime. His dramatic tale spans five countries, diverse cultures and torn dreams. How will he survive? Who will heed his cry for help when he escapes betrayal in his homeland, only to be incarcerated by politics in Japan?
When insurmountable despair threatens to consume him at last, a glimmer of hope calls to his defiant heart.
No One's Son, Tewondros Fekadu
Karma Water's Restaurant
5/7 Venning Street, Mooloolaba
Thursday 15th October 2009, from 6pm
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Two-course meal, $30
No One's Son
Berkelouw Book Barn
87 Memorial Drive, Eumundi
Friday 16th October, from 6pm
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Exotic supper and licenced bar, $25
Tewodros was born in Eritrea in 1971, and scraped through his childhood years between relatives' houses and the streets of Ethiopia. He has since lived in five countries on three continents and is fluent in four languages (Amharic, Tigrinya, Japanese and English).
In 2003, he arrived in Australia and resides on the Gold Coast where he is an active member of the community. He founded the African Communities Association Gold Coast Inc. and is currently president of the association. He also works with a number of community-based organisations and regularly returns to Africa to shoot footage for documentaries related to East Africa.
Berkelouw Book Barn, Eumundi
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