Egyptian: A Novel

Egyptian: A Novel

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By (author) Mika Waltari

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  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press
  • Format: Paperback | 503 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 215mm x 27mm | 550g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago
  • ISBN 10: 1556524412
  • ISBN 13: 9781556524417
  • Edition: 2002
  • Edition statement: 2002nd ed.
  • Sales rank: 60,592

Product description

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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Author information

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.

Review quote

"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"