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 concerning the such a lot notorious pharaoh of historic Egypt.

In this beguiling new novel, initially released in 1985 and now showing for the 1st time within the usa, Mahfouz tells with striking perception the tale of the "heretic pharaoh," or "sun king,"--and the 1st recognized monotheistic ruler--whose iconoclastic and debatable reign in the course of the 18th Dynasty (1540-1307 B.C.) has uncanny resonance with glossy 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 acquaintances, his so much sour enemies, and eventually his enigmatic spouse, Nefertiti--in an attempt to find what relatively 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: right now merciless and empathic, female and barbaric, mad and divinely encouraged, his personality, as Mahfouz imagines him, is eerily smooth, and fascinatingly ethereal.  An formidable and exceedingly lucid and obtainable booklet, Akhenaten is a piece in basic terms Mahfouz may perhaps render so elegantly, so irresistibly.

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