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Khufu's Wisdom : A Novel of Ancient Egypt, Paperback by Mahfouz, Naguib; Stock, Raymond T. (TRN), ISBN 1400076676, ISBN-13 9781400076673, Brand New, Free shipping in the US The great Fourth Dynasty ruler Khufu, for whom the Great Pyramid at Giza was built, is confronted by prophecies that foretell the end of his dynasty and the ascent of Djedefra, the son of the High Priest of Ra, to the throne of Eypt, but his battle to preserve his legacy is undermined by the growing attraction between Djedefra and Khufu's daughter, in a novel set against the backdrop of ancient Egypt. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
At the center of Khufu's Wisdom , Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz's majestic first novel, is the legendary Fourth Dynasty monarch Khufu (Cheops), for whom the Great Pyramid of Giza was built. When a seer prophesies the end of Khufu's dynasty and the ascension to the throne of Djedefra, son of the High Priest of Ra, the pharaoh must battle to preserve his legacy against the will of the Fates. But in the face of the inexorable attraction between Djedefra and Princess Meresankh, Khufu's beautiful daughter, Khufu must consider not only his personal ambition and the opposing decree of the heavens, but also how the wisdom he prides himself on as a ruler will guide him in determining the fate of his daughter's heart. Translated by Raymond Stock
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"Mahfouz's novels provide a voice for his culture." The Denver Post "Mahfouz's work is freshly nuanced and hauntingly lyrical." Los Angeles Times "What is fascinating about this refreshingly gifted writer is that his fiction is at once simple and subtle, serious and ironic, realistic and symbolic, local and universal. Naguib Mahfouz is a writer to read and admire." The Globe and Mail "His towering strength as a writer is his luminous specificity." The New York Times Book Review