Sebhat Gebre-Egziabher

Sebhat Gebre-Egziabher
Native name ስብሐት ለአብ ገብረ እግዚአብሔር
Born 1936 (1936)
Adwa, Tigray Province, Ethiopia
Died February 20, 2012 (aged 7576)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Occupation Writer
Language Tigrigna, Amharic, English, French
Citizenship Ethiopian
Notable works ትኩሳት (Fever)
ሌቱም አይነጋልኝ (Endless Night)
ሰባተኛው መላክ (The Seventh Angel)
Relatives Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher

Sebhat-Leab Gebre-Egziabher (Tigrinya: ስብሐት ለአብ ገብረ እግዚአብሔር; 1936 – 20 February 2012) was an Ethiopian writer.[1] He is famous for pioneering the naturalist writing style in Amharic. His writing style was not constrained by the traditional Ethiopian writing style nor orthodox syntax. Despite using simple words and seemingly light prose, Sebhat's concepts are highly sophisticated and philosophical.


Sebhat was born in 1928 near the historical town of Adwa, Tigray in a village called Erba Gered. He is the brother of the renowned scientist, Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher.

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 published works of fiction and non fiction in French and Amharic. Some of his works have been translated into English. He also worked as a journalist and columnist for the Ethiopian Herald, Addis Zemen, Menen magazine and other newspapers and magazines.



  • 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


  • Seeds and other stories, African Sun Publishing. Aventures, 2004 - ISBN 1-883701-03-1 retold by Wendy Kindred[2]


  • Les Nuits d'Addis-Abeba, Paris, Actes Sud coll. Aventures, 2004 - ISBN 2-7427-4907-1[3], Translated by the author and Francis Falceto; Original title: ሌቱም፡ አይነጋልኝ, I will not see the end of the night, 2004.
  • "Letum Aynegalign


  1. Ethiopia - Paulos Milkias - Google Boeken. 2011-05-18. Retrieved 2012-02-21.
  2. Seeds and other stories Archived 2010-06-20 at the Wayback Machine.,, accessed March 2010
  3. "Les Nuits d'Addis-Abeba : Sheb Gebre-Egziabher : Livres". Retrieved 2012-02-21.
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