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 so much notorious pharaoh of historic Egypt.
In this beguiling novel, initially released in Arabic in 1985, Mahfouz tells with notable perception the tale of the "heretic pharaoh," or "sun king,"--the first recognized monotheistic ruler--whose iconoclastic and arguable reign through the 18th Dynasty (1540-1307 B.C.) has uncanny resonance with smooth sensibilities. Narrating the radical is a tender guy with a fondness 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 at last 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 all the contradictions his matters see in him: right now merciless and empathic, female and barbaric, mad and divinely encouraged, his personality, as Mahfouz imagines him, is eerily sleek, and fascinatingly ethereal. An formidable and quite lucid and obtainable publication, Akhenaten is a piece merely Mahfouz might render so elegantly, so irresistibly.
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As for the heretic, when madness had consumed him, he fell ill and died, disappointed in his god and hopeless of the hereafter. He left behind him his wicked wife to endure loneliness and regret. The high priest gazed at me silently for a long while. Then he said, “We are still healing. We need time and serious effort. Our loss, inside and outside the empire, was beyond estimate. How did it all happen? ” He paused for a moment then concluded, “That is the true story. Record it faithfully. ” Ay y was the sage and former counselor to Akhenaten, and father of Nefertiti and Mutnedjmet.
I will not betray my Creator, nor will He forsake me. I will remain firm in my position even if everyone else leaves,” said the pharaoh. “My King,” Haremhab said, “we ask your permission to leave Akhetaten and return to Thebes so that the country may be reunified. Not one of us wishes to leave your city, but we must if Egypt is to be spared destruction. ” Akhenaten was determined, even enthusiastic. “I am in no need of anyone's protection. ” We carried out our orders and left Akhetaten weighed down with sadness.
It was clear from the very beginning that he disliked Amun, who reigned in the holy of holies. He favored Aten, whose light shone throughout the world. ” he asked. “One day you will be crowned in the temple of Amun,” I said in an attempt to persuade him. ” I grew more worried but continued my efforts to dissuade him. ” “Master,” he replied sadly, “do not speak to me of war. Have you not seen the sun when it rises above the fields and the Nile? Have you not seen the horizon when the sun goes down?