By Naguib Mahfouz
From the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature and writer of the Cairo trilogy, comes Akhenaten, a desirable paintings of fiction in regards to the so much notorious pharaoh of historical Egypt.
In this beguiling new novel, initially released in 1985 and now showing for the 1st time within the usa, Mahfouz tells with impressive perception the tale of the "heretic pharaoh," or "sun king,"--and the 1st recognized monotheistic ruler--whose iconoclastic and arguable reign throughout the 18th Dynasty (1540-1307 B.C.) has uncanny resonance with smooth sensibilities. Narrating the radical is a tender guy with a fondness for the reality, who questions the pharaoh's contemporaries after his terrible death--including Akhenaten's closest neighbors, his such a lot sour enemies, and eventually his enigmatic spouse, Nefertiti--in an attempt to find what particularly occurred in these unusual, darkish days at Akhenaten's court. As our narrator and every of the themes he interviews give a contribution their model of Akhenaten, "the truth" turns into more and more evanescent. Akhenaten encompasses all the contradictions his topics see in him: instantly merciless and empathic, female and barbaric, mad and divinely encouraged, his personality, as Mahfouz imagines him, is eerily sleek, and fascinatingly ethereal. An bold and particularly lucid and obtainable ebook, Akhenaten is a piece in basic terms Mahfouz may perhaps render so elegantly, so irresistibly.
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