The Egyptian Author:Mika Waltari (6th printing of copyright 1949 book; translated by Naomi Walford) — The Egyptian is the full-bodied re-creation of an era hitherto untapped by fiction. As such it is rich with fresh veins of fascinating lore. Entirely authentic, it is written with a literary excellence of which few contemporary historical novels can boast. — The story of The Egyp... more »tian is rolled out in a tremendous canvas. Set in Egypt, more than a thousand years before Christ, it encompasses all of the then-unknown world. It is told by Sinuhe, physician to the Pharoah, and is the story of his life. Through his eyes are seen innumerable characters, full drawn and covering the whole panorama of the ancient world. Events of war, intrigue, murder, passion, love, and religious strife are revealed as Sinuhe describes his often brilliant, often bitter, life.
There is real grandeur to The Egyptian. It has the broad sweep of truly major fiction, a powerful narrative pace coupled with intense human interest. It is the astonishing triumph of a great creative imagination.
The author, Mika Waltari, is probably the most famous living writer in his native Finland. His book has enjoyed enormous success around the world.« less