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|Publisher||W W Norton (USA Eng. trans.))|
|Publication date||1997 (orig) (October 1999 - US Eng trans.)|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|Pages||448 pp (US Eng trans.)|
|ISBN||ISBN 978-0-393-04716-5 (US Eng trans.)|
|Dewey Decimal||843/.914 21|
|LC Classification||PQ2678.U357 A62913 1999|
|Followed by||The Siege of Isfahan|
The Abyssinian tells the story of a young French physician who is sent as part of a diplomatic mission to Abyssinia (present-day Ethiopia). Along the way he must face various perils while trying to win over his true love.[when?]
Characters in "The Abyssinian"
- Jean-Baptiste Poncet a French apothecarian who has been practicing medicine without a formal license.
- Maître Juremi a colleague of Jean-Baptiste who has fled France because of his Protestant religious beliefs
- Monsieur de Maillet the French consul in Cairo
- Monsieur de Macé an expert linguist who works for Monsieur de Maillet
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