Asni and Konjit
Asni and Konjit – a novel for young people by Nasrin Siege.
First edition originally published in Amharic in Addis Abeba in Ethiopia in 2016. New edition of the Amharic version published in a translation by Yonas Tarekegn in the Art of Buna edition in January 2018.
|Asni and Konjit (Amharic)||PDF (2 MB)|
“Women who wear make up in front of our Lord are in league with the devil!”, exclaimed Emama on the way home. “They defile the church!” Asni doesn’t believe her. “They will go to hell!”, Emama prophesies. For Asni, Konjit is neither a Buda, nor does she have anything to do with the devil. She sees her rather as an angel because she was the only one who protected her from Kassahun.
From one day to the next, the 13-year-old is torn out of the life she has led up until now. Asni tries to fight against the marriage to the much older and wealthy Kassahun. Yet she has no chance against her father who has agreed to her marriage, as the second wife of Kassahun. Kassahun takes her with him to his village, where she believes she has found an ally in his mother. Yet soon she realises that Emama won’t help her either. It is here that she meets the young Konjit, who is visiting her mother in the neighbouring village. She is planning to say goodbye to her mother to go to Saudi Arabia, where she is hoping to earn “lots of money”. The chapters run in parallel, revealing to the reader the stories of Asni and Konjit, both of whom struggle against and question their circumstances and are disappointed again and again. A moving story of suffering and powerlessness, but also of the growing strength and the extraordinary courage of two Ethiopian women.