By Arthur Phillips
From the bestselling writer of Prague comes a witty, artistic, brilliantly developed novel approximately an Egyptologist enthusiastic about 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 approach from the slums of Australia to the ballrooms of Boston when it comes to Oxford, the battlefields of the 1st international warfare, and a royal courtroom in turmoil.
Just as Howard Carter unveils the tomb of Tutankhamun, making the main striking locate within the historical past of archaeology, Oxford-educated Egyptologist Ralph Trilipush is digging himself into difficulty, having staked his specialist popularity 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 profession, spanning the globe looking for a assassin. And one other assassin. and probably one other assassin. The confluence of those likely separate tales ends up in an explosive finishing, straight away inevitable and totally unpredictable.
Arthur Phillips leads this excursion to its unforgettable climax with the entire wit and narrative bravado that made Prague some of the most seriously acclaimed novels of 2002. Exploring problems with category, greed, ambition, and the very human starvation for everlasting existence, this astounding moment novel offers us a glimpse of Phillips’s variety and maturity–and is certain to earn him additional acclaim as probably the most intriguing authors of his generation.
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