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By Naguib Mahfouz, Tagreid Abu-Hassabo

ISBN-10: 0307481263

ISBN-13: 9780307481269

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 outstanding perception the tale of the "heretic pharaoh," or "sun king,"--the first recognized monotheistic ruler--whose iconoclastic and debatable reign throughout the 18th Dynasty (1540-1307 B.C.) has uncanny resonance with smooth sensibilities.  Narrating the unconventional 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 such a lot sour enemies, and eventually his enigmatic spouse, Nefertiti--in an attempt to find what rather 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: straight away merciless and empathic, female and barbaric, mad and divinely encouraged, his personality, as Mahfouz imagines him, is eerily sleek, and fascinatingly ethereal.  An bold and really lucid and available publication, Akhenaten is a piece in basic terms Mahfouz may perhaps render so elegantly, so irresistibly.

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First, Queen Tiye gave birth to twins, Smenkhkare and Tutankhamun. Shortly after, the pharaoh's health deteriorated, and he died. Messengers from the palace carried the news to the prince, for him to return and take the throne. I discussed the future of the country with the priests of Amun, and we came to an agreement. Immediately I took action, and asked to meet the queen despite the mourning and her preoccupation with mummifying her husband's body. Even in her grief, the queen was powerful and enduring.

I still wonder how it all happened. Perhaps I was unable to resist his tender, delicate emotions and his charm. He possessed an amazing ability to capture people's hearts.

Following in the footsteps of his father, Amenhotep III, he married a common girl. Nefertiti was like his mother, not only in humble descent, but also in her insatiable ambition and lust. She was beautiful, stubborn, and defiant. She plunged into the affairs of the country, supporting her husband's destructive policy. She bore six girls, the fruit of her liaisons with other men. Despite his apparent love for Nefertiti, Akhenaten never really loved anyone but his mother, who gave him life and nurtured his absurd ideas.

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