Definition of the genre -- life of one man's soul and family. Present and future impact of Haile Sellassie on our family, Ethiopia and history. Did he fail in his mission to maintain the three thousand years of the Solomonic dynasty? Was his calling to be a part of his descendants' destiny? Life-after-death could go beyond one man’s legacy and my answers why I wrote the book and
why the story was told in reverse chronologal order. Am I a narrator or
a subject of the story?
Prologue. NEAR PRESENT: ANTI-MARX
What are the relations between man and time? Re-examination of
the concept of immortal soul; premodern, modern and postmodern
views. The shadows of intellectual ancestors dominate our lives.
Learning how to travel to the past starts with lessons of arriving
into the present.
PART I. JAH (GOD)
How was a mortal man elevated to a status of living God? Did
we miss the Second Coming and the End of the World? How can believers
think that Ras Tafari was the black Christ? This is a non-rasta
look at the Rastafarian philosophy. They believe that they live
AFTER THE FUTURE. Does a soul have race? "Ethiopians" -- all
people of the world, according to Rasta.
Chapter One. 1995: RETURN TO NOWHERE (HOME)
Family trip to Addis Ababa. Do national cultures die? What
happened in 1991, when the Dergue regime was overthrown? What
about the future in Ethiopia for Haile Sellassie's descendants?
Does the blood (Dem) still have its powers?
Chapter Two. 1986: SONGS OF REDEMPTION (I & I)
Birth of our son named Tafari and the beginning of the end
for communism (Gorbachev became the Soviet Union Communist Party’s Secretary General). What was the communist era for? Is there another answer for collective existence? What is this transpersonal psychology?
Trinity (in Amharic -- Sellassie) as Father, Son and Spirit.
Chapter Three. 1984: SONGS OF STARVATION (WE ARE THE WORLD)
The Great Famine in Ethiopia and birth of our daughter. It
was the year of Brezhnev’s death and Reagan’s re-election, the
communist wave was losing its powers. What were those ten fast
years of socialism for Ethiopia?
PART II. JANHOY (KING)
Emperor was King of Kings, Sellassie v. Tafari. Orthodox
Christianity on Man-Adam as king, prophet and priest. Three tasks
of a man who is a monarch. How did he understand them and what did he
do in his almost fifty years of being the absolute ruler of
Chapter Four. 1975: AFTER THE END (DEATH)
Last year and last days of Haile Sellassie. Who died in the
palace under arrest? What was this last year of his life for? He
wasn’t King of Kings anymore; he was a man, an old man, a
prisoner. And Tafari died.
Chapter Five. 1974: REVOLT AND REVOLUTION (PRIEST)
He didn't fight this time and accepted revolution and the
end of his reign as God's will. He was the government. Without him
the power was there for anybody to take. The army, his favorite
child, deposed the emperor.
Chapter Six. 1960: LOST SONS (FATHER)
The story of the coup when the new generation, which he
educated for the new Ethiopia, took power for one week. The young
weren't with him, including his own son, the Crown Prince. The future
of the country was lost in three days of the Imperial Guards’
revolt. From now on the young minds of the country weren’t with
Chapter Seven. 1935: GOOD OF EVIL (PROPHET)
Italian war, defeat and exile. King without kingdom.
International recognition. League of Nations and bitter knowledge
of his idols, the nations of the West. The world didn’t know that World War II is tomorrow.
Chapter Eight. 1930: EMPEROR (TRINITY)
Coronation and how he achieved it. How full and unlimited
are the powers of the monarch? What was the price to be paid?
Death of Empress Zewditu. His reforms and first constitution.
PART III. RAS TAFARI (MAN)
There is a man behind the king. Who was this man Tafari? How
does a man become a prince (Ras)? He believed in his destiny and
his only free choice was to follow it.
Chapter Nine. 1917: REGENT (WILL)
Ras (prince) Tafari governs, but he is not yet a ruler of
the country. Man's lessons in politics, diplomacy and intrigues.
World War One in Europe saved Ethiopia from colonization and gave
him time to gain power in the capital.
Chapter Ten. 1892: THE BIRTH OF PRINCE (BIRTH)
The beginning of his mortal life. His youth and rise of the
Black Empire. Two men before him: Ras Makonnen, his father, and
Emperor Menelik. Country without a ruler; Yasu becomes the
emperor and Ras Tafari is sent away to the province. Was it the
end of his dreams?
Chapter Eleven. 1891: BEFORE THE PAST (CONCEPTION)
How his soul came into material being. Abyssinian reality to
face. Africa was entering world history again and a king was
needed to save Ethiopia from the powers of the North.
Chapter Twelve. LAST MAN: BEFORE LIFE (SOUL)
Thousands of years of waiting for birth, the soul's learning its
task. Centuries of Ethiopian history as a message to the unborn.
Epilogue. ANATOLY TRAVELS
Narrator returns from the African universe to American reality. Perhaps an immediate family is dead because we have to become one global family.
PS. The table of contents has a few hyper-links to chapters posted on the web. The rest of the website is my research materials for “HIM” and the earlier fiction project “DEM” (a novel whose title means "Blood"). [One small excerpt from DEM in on page 13: Fiction; I decided to put away the novel till I finish HIM]
Also, I used bits and pieces from the book to accompany the History Pages of the Website with the photos of the family. I thought that some of the photo archive could be part of the book as an appendix: along with a short glossary of Amharic words used, the latest genealogy tree (the Emperor’s present descendants) and plain chronology.
PPS. The art work and legends which are found on several of my web pages are part of another (future) project about Ethiopian iconography, not HIM.
Perhaps this manuscript isn’t an easy product to market and sell, but I saw my task in writing the book so that it will be around and read 50 years from now. I am aware that I sacrifice the immediacy and benefits of the current market, but I really wish to leave my children with the book for their children.
Although Esther’s brother is the heir to the throne, I don’t see us as part of the political life of Ethiopia, only the cultural. After my experience in Russia, I avoid any commercial writing so I can write my (serious) books. I know that I have to wait for the right editor, agent, publisher. One of the strongest personal reasons why I seek publishing of HIM is because our children are old enough to read the book. I hope you understand my motivations, which I thought I should express right away. firstname.lastname@example.org