Sebhat Gebre-Egziabher

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This article contains a Habesha name. This person is properly addressed by his given name as Sebhat and not as Gebre-Egziabher—which is the given name of his father.
Sebhat Gebre-Egziabher
Born 1936 (1936)
Adwa, Tigray Province, Ethiopia
Died February 20, 2012 (aged 75–76)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Occupation writer
Language Amharic, Tigrigna, English, French
Citizenship Ethiopian
Notable works ትኩሳት (Fever)
ሌቱም አይነጋልኝ (Endless Night)
ሰባተኛው መላክ (The Seventh Angel)

Sebhat-Leab Gebre-Egziabher (var. Gebre Egziabher, Gebregziabher; Ge'ez: ስብሐት ለአብ ገብረ እግዚአብሔር) (1936–February 20, 2012[1][2][3][4]) was an Ethiopian writer.

Life[edit]

Sebhat was born in 1928 in Tigray region near the historical town of Adwa in a village called Erba Gered. He published works of fiction and non fiction in French and Amharic. Some of his works are available "retold" in English. He also worked as a journalist and columnist for the Ethiopian Herald, Addis Zemen, Menen magazine and other newspapers and magazines in his long writing career.[5]

He is famous for pioneering the naturalist writing style in Amharic. He has a unique writing style which is not constrained by the traditional Ethiopian writing style, nor is his syntax orthodox. Even if he uses simple words and seemingly light prose, Sebhat's concepts are highly sophisticated and philosophical.[6]

Biography[edit]

Sebhat originally intended to be a librarian. He visited Washington in 1960 and stayed a year. At that time he was intending to write in English. He decided however that Amharic suited his subject matter. He later visited France and received an award from UNESCO.

Sebhat is the brother of the renowned scientist, Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher.

His lifestyle and philosophy however seems to attract many followers throughout Ethiopia. His openness is always admired by his followers.

Sebhat died on February 20, 2012 in Addis Ababa at the age of 76.[1][2]

Works[edit]

  • In English
Seeds and other stories, African Sun Publishing. Aventures, 2004 - ISBN 1-883701-03-1
retold by Wendy Kindred[7]
  • In French :
Les Nuits d'Addis-Abeba, Paris, Actes Sud coll. Aventures, 2004 - ISBN 2-7427-4907-1[8]
Transalated by the author and Francis Falceto
Titre original : ሌቱም፡ አይነጋልኝ, I will not see the end of the night, 2004.
"Letum Aynegalign
  • In Amharic :
ሌቱም አይነጋልኝ I will not see the end of the night
ትኩሳት Tekusat (Fever), 1997 (romance)
ሰባተኛው መላክ Säbatägnaw Mälak (The 7th Angel), 1999 (romance)
እግረ፡ መንገድ Egrä Mängäd (Advance), 2003
ማስታወሻ Mastawäsha (Memories), 2001
አምስት ስድስት ሰባት Five Six Seven
የፍቅር ሻማዎች Love Candles

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The famous Ethiopian author Sibhat gebregziabher has passed away". NewsDire. 2012-02-20. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  2. ^ a b Sebhat Gebregziaber dies at the age of 76. Ethioabay. Retrieved on 2012-02-21.
  3. ^ "'እኔ ከማልኖር ሁሉ ብትጠፉና እኔ ብቻ ብኖር እመርጣለሁ! በቻል'". Salon Ethiopia DC (in Amharic) 3 (5). 2012-03-03. 
  4. ^ Ethiopian calendar 1928–12 Yäkatit, 2004 (፩፱፪፰–፲፪ የካቲት ፳፻፬)
  5. ^ "The Legacies of Sebhat Gebre-egziabher » Ethiopian News - Everything that Happens!". Newsdire.com. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  6. ^ Ethiopia - Paulos Milkias - Google Boeken. Books.google.com. 2011-05-18. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  7. ^ Seeds and other stories, AfricanMarket.com, accessed March 2010
  8. ^ "Les Nuits d'Addis-Abeba : Sheb Gebre-Egziabher : Livres". Amazon.fr. Retrieved 2012-02-21.