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  • Published: 3 November 2000
  • ISBN: 9780385499095
  • Imprint: Doubleday US
  • Format: Paperback
  • RRP: $24.99
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Akhenaten

Dweller In Truth


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In this utterly entralling work of fiction, Mahfouz tells with extraordinary insight the story of yhe 'heretic' pharoah whose iconoclastic and controversial career has such resonance with modern sensibilities. In the book, years after the king's death, a young man with a passion for the truth questions the pharoah's contemporaries - including his closest friends, his bitterest enemies, and his enigmatic wife Nefertiti -
in an effort to discover what really happened in those strange dark days at Akhenaten's court. As our narrator and each of the subjects he interviews contributes their version of the 'truth', the truth becomes ever more elusive as the mysterious Akhenten recedes into a heroic kind of opacity, encompassing the whole of contradiction his subjects see in him: at once cruel (so says the High Priest of Amun) and empathic, feminine and barbaric, mad and divinely inspired (as per Nefertiti). His character is eerily modern and at the same time, fascinatingly elusive.

  • Pub date: 3 November 2000
  • ISBN: 9780385499095
  • Imprint: Doubleday US
  • Format: Paperback
  • RRP: $24.99

About the Author

Naguib Mahfouz

Naguib Mahfouz was most prominent literary figure in the Arab world of the Twentieth Century, best known for his Cairo Trilogy (Palace Walk, Palace of Desire and Sugar Walk), which became an international bestseller. He was born in Cairo in 1911 and lived in the suburb of Agouza with his wife and two daughters for the rest of his life. He published more than thirty novels as well as many collections of short stories, plays and screenplays. In 1988, Mr Mahfouz was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, the first Arab writer to win it. In 1994, after the publication of a novel that led him into trouble with Egypt's religious authorities, an attempt was made on his life, but he died peacefully in 2006, aged 94.

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