The Egyptologist: A Novel
From the bestselling writer of Prague comes a witty, artistic, brilliantly developed novel approximately an Egyptologist captivated with discovering the tomb of an apocryphal king. This darkly comedian labyrinth of a narrative opens at the wilderness plains of Egypt in 1922, then winds its method from the slums of Australia to the ballrooms of Boston when it comes to Oxford, the battlefields of the 1st global battle, and a royal courtroom in turmoil.
Just as Howard Carter unveils the tomb of Tutankhamun, making the main superb locate within the background of archaeology, Oxford-educated Egyptologist Ralph Trilipush is digging himself into difficulty, having staked his specialist recognition and his fiancée’s fortune on a scrap of hieroglyphic pornography. in the meantime, a continuing Australian detective units off at the case of his occupation, spanning the globe looking for a assassin. And one other assassin. and doubtless one other assassin. The confluence of those doubtless separate tales leads to an explosive finishing, instantly inevitable and totally unpredictable.
Arthur Phillips leads this excursion to its unforgettable climax with all of the wit and narrative bravado that made Prague the most significantly acclaimed novels of 2002. Exploring problems with type, greed, ambition, and the very human starvation for everlasting lifestyles, this superb moment novel provides us a glimpse of Phillips’s variety and maturity–and is certain to earn him additional acclaim as some of the most fascinating authors of his generation.
From the Hardcover edition.
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