Just read Sinuhe the Egyptian by Mika Waltari and I must say this book is Recently I stumbled across Sinuhe the Egyptian, a historical fiction. The novel is set in Egypt during the 18th dynasty when Akhenaton, who ruled The Egyptian, historical novel by Mika Waltari, published in Finnish in as. First published in the United States in and widely condemned as obscene, The Egyptian outsold every other novel published that year, and remains a.


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It's a rich book, a bawdy book, a book that carries one to distant shores and makes one feel an onlooker as was Sinuhe. The plot is tenuous, a slender thread never wholly waltari egyptian.

But the book opens one's waltari egyptian to an ancient world, nearer to ours than we think. The publishers are backing it with a big promotion campaign as their leader for Fall.

waltari egyptian In Egypt, a new king, Akhenaten, has begun to convey a monotheistic teaching centered around the sun god Aten. According to Akhenaten's doctrine, all people are equal, and in the new world order there waltari egyptian longer would be slaves and masters.


Aspects of Akhenaten prove to be unpopular: Sinuhe is attracted to the teachings that the new king proclaims and, as he feels, focuses on light, equality and justice, and joins Akhenaten's court. After a particularly violent public incident, Akhenaten, fed up with opposition, leaves Thebes with Sinuhe to middle Egypt where a new capital, Akhetatendedicated to Aten, is built.

However, the conflicts between Amon and Aten continue, and it all develops waltari egyptian a civil war.

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Aten's kingdom on Earth begins to fall, and the courtiers, one after another, abandon Akhenaten and Akhetaten in favor of Amon and Thebes. It's also in Thebes where the final battle takes place. Sinuhe fights for the sake waltari egyptian Aten and Pharaoh to the end, but ultimately the side of Amon priesthood is victorious.

During the chaos, Merit and her son Thot are killed - the latter would turn out to be Sinuhe's offspring.

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When defeat has become reality, Akhenaten dies after having drunk a cup of poison mixed by the embittered Sinuhe. Queen Nefertite's father, Ay, takes the throne, after the boy king Tutankhamun 's short reign, despite Sinuhe realising from Waltari egyptian that he himself is of royal blood and must be the son of Amenhotep III and his Mitannic consort, and thus closer to the throne.

Both before waltari egyptian after the fall of the Aten Empire, Horemheb conducts a war against the Hittite kingdom - Egypt's premier rival at this time. Both Sinuhe and Kaptah participate in this battle, as Sinuhe wanted to know what war is like. He succeeds with Horemheb's and Ay's mission to prevent the Hittite prince Shubattu from reaching Egypt and seizing the throne.


Sinuhe now goes back, afflicted by all the losses, waltari egyptian a simple dwelling in Thebes, bitter and disillusioned in the heart. Every now and then he is visited by his former servant Kaptah, who only becomes richer and richer, and is now Sinuhe's patron.

Sinuhe begins to criticise the new regime led by his old friend Horemheb, and as a punishment for this he is exiled to the Red Sea coast.

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Mika Waltariauthor of The Egyptian Although Waltari employed some poetic license in combining the biographies of Sinuhe and Akhenaten, he was otherwise much concerned about the historical accuracy of his detailed description of ancient Egyptian life and carried out considerable research into the subject.

By the end of the s, he had read such a vast amount of egyptological literature and familiarised himself with Egyptian art that he waltari egyptian no need to make any notes.

In it, Waltari explored the disastrous consequences of the implementation of unconditional idealism in a society. The political and battle depictions of ancient Egypt and surrounding nations contain waltari egyptian parallels with World War II.


The novel was written within a three and a half month period of great inspiration, with Waltari producing as many as between 15 and 27 sheets per day. So intense was his state of inspiration and waltari egyptian that, in a fictionalised account called A Nail Merchant at Nightfall he waltari egyptian write later, he claimed to have been visited by visions of egyptians and to have simply transcribed the story as dictated by Sinuhe himself.


His mother died during this; his wife managed the funeral arrangements, Waltari attended the funeral, and on the next waltari egyptian he resumed waltari egyptian where he left off. Little to no corrections or deletions were required by the publisher - it went on to be printed as it was on the same month.

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