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 such a lot notorious pharaoh of old Egypt.
In this beguiling novel, initially released in Arabic in 1985, Mahfouz tells with outstanding perception the tale of the "heretic pharaoh," or "sun king,"--the first identified monotheistic ruler--whose iconoclastic and debatable reign through the 18th Dynasty (1540-1307 B.C.) has uncanny resonance with glossy sensibilities. Narrating the unconventional is a tender guy with a keenness 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 quite 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: without delay merciless and empathic, female and barbaric, mad and divinely encouraged, his personality, as Mahfouz imagines him, is eerily glossy, and fascinatingly ethereal. An bold and quite lucid and obtainable ebook, Akhenaten is a piece purely Mahfouz may possibly render so elegantly, so irresistibly.
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Peace and wealth prevailed throughout his long reign, and he cultivated the fruit of his forefathers' work. Crops, minerals, fabrics, and goods, everything was abundant in Egypt. He built beautiful palaces, temples, and sculptures. He indulged himself in fine food, wine, and women, but his wife Tiye knew his strengths and weaknesses, and used them to good effect. She encouraged him to fight at times of war, and tolerated his philandering, sacrificing her feminine emotions in order to share his throne and pursue her boundless ambition.
Crops, minerals, fabrics, and goods, everything was abundant in Egypt. He built beautiful palaces, temples, and sculptures. He indulged himself in fine food, wine, and women, but his wife Tiye knew his strengths and weaknesses, and used them to good effect. She encouraged him to fight at times of war, and tolerated his philandering, sacrificing her feminine emotions in order to share his throne and pursue her boundless ambition. I do not deny her the merit of knowing every detail of the empire's affairs.
I do not deny her the merit of knowing every detail of the empire's affairs. Nor do I question her loyalty and farsightedness, or her concern for the glory of Egypt. But I do condemn her greed for power. It was greed that tempted her to exploit religion to attain exclusive power for the throne, and marginalize the priests. Gradually I became aware of other ideas that occupied her mind. One day she came to the temple, and after making her offering to Amun, preceded me with firm stride to the reception hall.