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Akhenaten: Dweller in Truth a Novelby Naguib Mahfouz
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From the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature and author of the Cairo trilogy, comes Akhenaten, a fascinating work of fiction about the most infamous pharaoh of ancientEgypt.
In this beguiling new novel, originally published in 1985 and now appearing for the first time in the United States, Mahfouz tells with extraordinary insight the story of the hereticpharaoh, or sun king,--and the first known monotheistic ruler--whose iconoclastic and controversial reign during the 18th Dynasty (1540-1307 B.C.) has uncanny resonance with modernsensibilities. Narrating the novel is a young man with a passion for the truth, who questions the pharaoh's contemporaries after his horrible death--including Akhenaten's closest friends, his mostbitter enemies, and finally his enigmatic wife, Nefertiti--in an effort to discover what really happened in those strange, dark days at Akhenaten's court. As our narrator and each of the subjects heinterviews contribute their version of Akhenaten, the truth becomes increasingly evanescent. Akhenaten encompasses all of the contradictions his subjects see in him: at once cruel andempathic, feminine and barbaric, mad and divinely inspired, his character, as Mahfouz imagines him, is eerily modern, and fascinatingly ethereal. An ambitious and exceptionally lucid and accessible book, Akhenaten is a work only Mahfouz could render so elegantly, so irresistibly.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
After the death of Akhenaten, a young man searches for the truth about the "heretic pharaoh," interviewing Akhenaten's closest friends, most dangerous enemies, and even his enigmatic wife, Nefertiti, about the remarkable leader of ancient Egypt, in a fictional portrait of the eighteenthdynasty pharaoh by the Nobel Prizewinning author of Palace of Desire. Original. 20,000 first printing.
From the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature and author of the Cairo trilogy, comes Akhenaten, a fascinating work of fiction about the most infamous pharaoh of ancient Egypt.
In this beguiling new novel, originally published in 1985 and
About the Author
NAGUIB MAHFOUZ was born in Cairo in 1911 and began writing when he was seventeen.The author of more than thirty novels and fourteen collections of short stories, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for 1988.Mahfouz lives with his family in the Cairo suburb of Agouza.
Table of Contents
The beginning — The high priest of Amun — Ay — Haremhab — Bek — Tadukhipa — Toto — Tey — Mutnedjmet — Meri-Ra — Mae — Maho — Nakht — Bento — Nefertiti.
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