Sebhat-Leab Gebre-Egziabher was a Tigray-based Ethiopian novelist. In Amharic, he is known for inventing the naturalism writing style. His writing style was unrestricted by Ethiopian writing conventions or orthodox syntax. Sebhat’s views are highly deep and philosophical, despite his use of simple words and deceptively light style. Sebhat was born in 1936 in Erba Gered, a village in Adwa, Tigray, near the old town of Adwa. Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher, a prominent scientist, is his brother.
Sebhat had originally planned to work as a librarian. In 1960, he went to Washington and stayed for a year. He intended to write in English at the time. However, he thought that Amharic would be a better fit for his topic.
However, he thought that Amharic would be a better fit for his topic. Later, he traveled to France and was honored by UNESCO.
Sebhat wrote fiction and nonfiction in both French and Amharic. His works have been translated into English in some cases. He also worked for the Ethiopian Herald, Addis Zemen, Menen, and other publications and newspapers as a journalist and columnist.