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 historical 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 identified monotheistic ruler--whose iconoclastic and arguable reign through the 18th Dynasty (1540-1307 B.C.) has uncanny resonance with sleek sensibilities. Narrating the unconventional is a tender guy with a keenness for the reality, who questions the pharaoh's contemporaries after his terrible death--including Akhenaten's closest associates, 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: immediately 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 highly lucid and available ebook, Akhenaten is a piece merely Mahfouz might render so elegantly, so irresistibly.
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I do remember, however, that Haremhab and Nakht were there. In any case, Haremhab was the first to speak. “I am the king's friend and chief of security,” he said. He gazed at us with his honey-colored eyes for a while then continued in a calm, determined tone. ” None of us protested. We requested a council convention with the king. We stood before the pharaoh and the queen, saluting the throne and the empire. Akhenaten smiled serenely. Contrary to her usual bright demeanor, Nefertiti was cold and apprehensive.
The stream of riches that had flown into Egypt from all over the world dried up, leaving the markets bare, the merchants impoverished, and the country famished. I cried out to the people, “The curse of Amun has descended upon us. ” Still I opted for the path of peace to spare the country the trauma of war. I confronted the queen mother, Tiye. “I am troubled and grieved, High Priest of Amun,” she said. ” Bitterness grasped me. ” “I ask the gods for mercy,” she stuttered. “You must do something. He is your son; he adores you.
Love and Joy, this was the slogan of his new, nameless god. Whenever his natural weakness stung him, he went to extremes to prove that his power had no limits. The priests were evicted and the temples closed. The idols and all the patrimonial endowments were confiscated. ” But we found refuge in the homes of the pious followers of Amun. They were our fighters, and we continued the struggle with hope and determination. The heretic continued to flaunt his power, parading in the provinces and calling upon the people to join him in his heresy.
Akhenaten: Dweller in Truth by Naguib Mahfouz, Tagreid Abu-Hassabo