La Momie de la Momification

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American Univ in Cairo Press, 2007 - Fiction - 131 pages
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Built for eternity and radiating an aura of the divine, the pyramids have inspired wonder and fear for millennia. In this novel, Gamal al-Ghitani uses these enigmatic monuments to evoke the human quest for wisdom and enlightenment. Weaving strands of Sufi mysticism and medieval Islamic history into ancient Egypt's most enduring symbols, Pyramid Texts beguiles the imagination with its masterful use of language, its haunting parables, and its glimpses of divine revelation.
In a series of chapters each shorter than the last - so that, like their subjects, they taper ultimately into nothingness - the author traces the obsessions that have drawn men over the centuries to the brooding presence of the pyramids. A Moroccan shaykh spends years contemplating them in the hope that one day he will understand their mysteries. Seven young men enter the Great Pyramid of Giza, seeking illumination as they penetrate its heart of darkness. Another visitor waits patiently for the moment when the shadow of one pyramid will diverge from its accustomed path and bestow immortality. In each of these tales, the pyramids are the link between the physical and the eternal, the point "where matter ends, and the void begins." Evoking both the modernist fiction of Jorge Luis Borges and the Sufi poetry of Rumi, Pyramid Texts is a revelation in itself.
 

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
29
Section 3
57
Section 4
73
Section 5
81
Section 6
91
Section 7
101
Section 8
107
Section 9
111
Section 10
139
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GAMAL AL-GHITANI was born in 1945. He has written thirteen novels, including Zayni Barakat (AUC Press, 2004), and six collections of short stories. He is editor-in-chief of the literary review Akhbar al-adab.
HUMPHREY DAVIES is the translator of The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany (AUC Press, 2004) and Gate of the Sun by Elias Khoury, for which he was awarded the Banipal Prize for Literary Translation. He was awarded the 2010 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation for his translation of Yalo by Elias Khoury.

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