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Sunday, July 31, 2005

The unfolding of a dream



How true it is when it is said that a dream tackled with constant anticipation, strong will, love and passion always becomes reality. It is by following this philosophy that the project of writing my memoirs began to take shape.

I drew upon my farthest memories and brought to life experiences lived in a distant historical period, the 20s and 30s up to 1945, the time when my homeland Ethiopia suffered the fascist aggression of 1935/36 which overturned my happy childhood and changed the course of my life .

A decisive element was the support and encouragement that I received from my children when, during Chrismas holidays or other occasions I would describe the heroic deeds of their grandfather, my father Dejatch Nassibou Zamanuel and the life-style of the aristocracy in feudal Ethiopia.

They listened with passion to his story and marveled over the description of the rich and fascinating costumes embroidered with gold and silk worn by the feudal ethiopian aristocracy and the by the clergy of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. It all sounded to them like a fairy tale and they asked me to make a book out of this fascinating splendour of one of the most ancient empires, known to very few people in the western world.

That is how the story of my life was conceived: in my soul first, my heart and mind thereafter. Hence the writing unfolded under my pen as an irresistible flow of memories and the story came to life, enriched by the wondrous atmosphere of my homeland, Ethiopia. An alchemy took place that transformed my memories into what has been defined as a “marvelous” book.

The book “Memorie di una principessa etiope” is published by Neri Pozza, an Italian publishing house based in Milan an Vicenza. At present it is published in Italian and will be translated into French and English later on.

Find the book at on the Neri Pozza website

Visit my website www.marthanassibou.com

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with the quest of a dream. No dream, no life (or a dull one, at best). I'm a music composer because I dreamt I I would be. Besides music, I like to look at beautiful things. And your paintings are beautiful, they really move me. I also went to Ethiopia once. For these "reasons", I am impatient to read your book once translated in English or French. Thank you very much for sharing your many talents through Internet. jfm

Anonymous said...

I really like your philosophy of following dreams with passion and determination. It is a very powerful way of driving one's life and it certainly bears fruit, as is proven by the multiple works of art that you have achieved both in painting and writing!

I absolutely loved your book and I hope to read it again in English, a language I master better than Italian.

Thank you for being such an inspiration.

Gloria

Zufan Sodru said...

Really impressed by the story,as Ethiopian!!!. Always proud by people who are unlocking their potential in their marvelous life journey. Martha , you are the best!!! My heart and soul is smiling looking over your website <3
God Bless

Zufan

Zufan Sodru said...

Really impressed by the story , as Ethiopian!!.Your Marvelous life journey, God's guidance and protection in living your dreams ... precious!!! Just waitng very eagerly until the English translation of the book comes and I am looking over your website now. My soul and heart is filled with joy <3 God Bless

Zufan