Akhenaten, Dweller in Truth
|Original title||العائش فى الحقيقة|
|Cover artist||Eric Fuentecilla|
|Publisher||Columbia University Press (hb) & Bantam Doubleday Dell (pb) (both translations)|
|1985 (translation 1998)|
|Media type||Print (hardback & paperback)|
|Pages||180 p. (hardback edition) & 168 p. (paperback edition)|
Akhenaten, Dweller in Truth is a novel written and published by Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian author Naguib Mahfouz in 1985. It was translated from Arabic into English in 1998 by Tagreid Abu-Hassabo. The form and subject of the book is the basis for a cello concerto of the same title by Mohammed Fairouz.
On the way from Thebes with his father, the scribe Amunhoben points out the ruins of Akhetaten, the city that the "heretic pharaoh" Akhenaten built for his One and Only God. Seeking a balanced perspective on the events of that time, which split Egypt politically and religiously, Meriamun gets a letter of introduction from his father to many members of Akhenaten's court, among them the High Priest of Amun, his chief of security Haremhab, and his queen Nefertiti. Each tale adds a new dimension to the enigma that is Akhenaten and the thoughts of those that were close to him allow Meriamun – and the reader – to judge for themselves whether Akhenaten was a power politician or a true believer.
- High Priest of Amun
- Kaleb Becton
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