By Naguib Mahfouz, Tagreid Abu-Hassabo
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 such a lot notorious pharaoh of old Egypt.
In this beguiling novel, initially released in Arabic in 1985, Mahfouz tells with striking perception the tale of the "heretic pharaoh," or "sun king,"--the first recognized monotheistic ruler--whose iconoclastic and debatable reign through the 18th Dynasty (1540-1307 B.C.) has uncanny resonance with glossy sensibilities. Narrating the radical is a tender guy with a keenness for the reality, who questions the pharaoh's contemporaries after his terrible death--including Akhenaten's closest associates, his so much sour enemies, and at last his enigmatic spouse, Nefertiti--in an attempt to find what fairly occurred in these unusual, darkish days at Akhenaten's court. As our narrator and every of the topics he interviews give a contribution their model of Akhenaten, "the fact" turns into more and more evanescent. Akhenaten encompasses the entire contradictions his matters see in him: immediately merciless and empathic, female and barbaric, mad and divinely encouraged, his personality, as Mahfouz imagines him, is eerily glossy, and fascinatingly ethereal. An formidable and really lucid and obtainable e-book, Akhenaten is a piece basically Mahfouz may possibly render so elegantly, so irresistibly.