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 concerning the so much notorious pharaoh of historic Egypt.
In this beguiling novel, initially released in Arabic in 1985, Mahfouz tells with remarkable perception the tale of the "heretic pharaoh," or "sun king,"--the first 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 buddies, his such a lot 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 topics he interviews give a contribution their model of Akhenaten, "the fact" turns into more and more evanescent. Akhenaten encompasses the entire contradictions his topics see in him: without delay merciless and empathic, female and barbaric, mad and divinely encouraged, his personality, as Mahfouz imagines him, is eerily smooth, and fascinatingly ethereal. An bold and incredibly lucid and available booklet, Akhenaten is a piece purely Mahfouz may perhaps render so elegantly, so irresistibly.
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He was consumed with grief, and mourned her with more tears than he had shed in his boyhood after the death of his brother Tuthmosis. ” to his god, I suspected he was about to lose his faith. Then we began to receive news of the growing corruption of the public servants and merchants. The cries of hungry people grew louder. Several regions of the empire were now in a state of mutiny. Our enemies began to attack the borders. Tushratta, king of Mitanni and our strongest ally, was killed defending the country.
Son,” I replied, “one's soul is immortal. ” That was the beginning of our many discussions on life and death. I was sincerely pleased with his insight and understanding in spiritual matters. The boy was clearly ahead of his years. I often found myself thinking that Akhenaten was born with some otherworldly wisdom. Even in secular subjects, he quickly mastered the skills of reading, writing, and algebra. ” I looked forward to lessons with him and wondered what his mind would produce when he reigned over the empire of his forefathers.
Yet her wariness meant that she knew everything and that she was not on our side. Her position did not surprise me in the least. By a stroke of luck capable of turning the strongest head in the country Nefertiti had found herself a future queen. Her primary concern was neither Amun nor indeed any of the deities—she craved only the power of the throne. I said a prayer of mourning with the other priests in the holy of holies, then related to them the proceedings of my meeting with Nefertiti. “Soon there will be nothing but darkness,” said Toto the chanter.
Akhenaten: Dweller in Truth by Naguib Mahfouz, Tagreid Abu-Hassabo