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Akhenaten: Dweller in Truth A Novel
Akhenaten: Dweller in Truth A Novel Naguib Mahfouz 0385499094 9780385499095 From the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature and author of the Cairo trilogy, comesAkhenaten, a fascinating work of fiction about the most infamous pharaoh of ancient Eg
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Akhenaten: Dweller in Truth A Novel by Naguib Mahfouz

From the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature and author of the Cairo trilogy, comesAkhenaten, a fascinating work of fiction about the most infamous pharaoh of ancient Egypt. 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 heretic pharaoh, 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 modern sensibilities. Narrating the novel is a young man with a passion for the truth, who questions the pharaohs contemporaries after his horrible death--including Akhenatens closest friends, his most bitter enemies, and finally his enigmatic wife, Nefertiti--in an effort to discover what really happened in those strange, dark days at Akhenatens court.As our narrator and each of the subjects he interviews contribute their version of Akhenaten, the truth becomes increasingly evanescent.Akhenaten encompasses all of the contradictions his subjects see in him: at once cruel and empathic, 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,Akhenatenis a work only Mahfouz could render so elegantly, so irresistibly.

Author: Naguib Mahfouz

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 176

Publisher: Anchor

Publication Date: 2000-04-04

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