Egyptian : A Novel

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First published in the United States in 1949 and widely condemned as obscene, The Egyptian outsold every other novel published that year, and remains a classic; readers worldwide have testified to its life-changing power. It is a full-bodied re-creation of a largely forgotten era in the world's history: the Egypt of the 14th century B.C.E., when pharaohs and gods contended with the near-collapse of history's greatest empire. This epic tale encompasses the whole of the then-known world, from Babylon to Crete, from Thebes to Jerusalem, while centering around one unforgettable figure: Sinuhe, a man of mysterious origins who rises from the depths of degradation to become personal physician to Pharaoh Akhnaton.

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  • Paperback | 503 pages
  • 139.7 x 200.7 x 27.9mm | 544.32g
  • Chicago Review Press
  • ChicagoUnited States
  • English
  • 2002nd ed.
  • 1556524412
  • 9781556524417
  • 68,544

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"Waltari successfully combine[s] research, imagination, and the cunning of a good tale-teller in bringing the generation of Akhnaton to life." "--New York Herald Tribune"

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About Mika Waltari

Mika Waltari (1908-1979) is best known for his historical novels, which include "The Etruscan" and "The Roman." He is widely considered the greatest Finnish writer of the 20th century.

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