Sunday, March 12, 2006

Laureate Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin (1936-2006)

...Born in the small mountain town of Boda, near Ambo, Mr. Tsegaye became one of his country's most prominent literary figures as well as an international emissary for its culture. Considered by some to be Ethiopia's greatest playwright, Mr. Tsegaye (pronounced say-GAY) wrote more than 30 plays, most in Amharic, Ethiopia's official language, and translated many Western works into Amharic, including those of Shakespeare, Brecht and Molière.

..."In order to bring about a better future, one must learn from the past," Mr. Tsegaye said in 1993 interview with The Ethiopian Review. "You cannot build a future based on hatred because hatred is the enemy of hope."

Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin, Ethiopian Poet Laureate, Dies at 69 (New York Times) March 9, 2006

A Short Walk Through His Literary Park, by Professor Negussay Ayele