When he was very young Dinaw Mengestu heard his father tell bedside stories. Stories he did not immediately connect with Ethiopia. He was young and living in exile in the United States. Later on he heard less stories, but it was clear his father was still very much connected to Ethiopia and the developments in his former country.
Was it a former country? Or was this country still very much present? How did it effect Dinaw? In later years Dinaw travelled to Ethiopia, saw what happened in the streets, met relatives.
In this account he writes about the permanence of exile.