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A disciple of Nabokov reveals the secret of immortality Pharaoh

August 25 2005

For the first time in Russian was a novel that shook the enlightened readers around the world and stumped everyone else. Arthur Phillips' novel, "Egyptologist" continues a series of "books that say" - a collection of the world's best-sellers.

"Egyptologist" was released in the U.S. in 2004 and became an instant best-seller - controversy over this ambiguity of the stories do not cease to this day.

American Arthur Phillips, a dedicated and attentive student, and the traditions of Vladimir Nabokov, wrote a history of scientific discovery, search history of personal immortality, - a story that even the most skeptical reader will force to go into a speculative expedition in search of their own version of eternal life.

"Egyptologist" - a novel, after which people seem to be different, but the true essence of human life - hopelessly terrifying and beautiful. Dusty personal archives, letters and diaries of the long dead and forgotten people, reveal the tragic story of a proud loners who rebelled against the whole world - and perhaps winning the battle. The narrative of the scientist, obsessed with the mysterious history of the Egyptian king, the poet turns into a hymn to human courage and a song of infinite loneliness of despair. Shaky polupridumannaya love comes on reticence and a lie. Steadfast reliability of science crumbles under the watchful gaze of fearless self-taught.

What do the young Paul Caldwell, the son of Sydney's laundress, who as a child was reading books about Egypt, through the force was engaged in communist propaganda, and has been missing during the First World War - and the brilliant Ralph M. Trilipushem, a British aristocrat, a graduate of Oxford and infamous researcher, a translator of pornographic poems apocryphal king of Egypt? What are the similarities between the narrow-minded private detective Harold Ferrell from Australia, the great archaeologist Howard Carter, who found the tomb of Tutankhamen, and the star of London demimonde, an affected person by the name of Beverly Quint? Finally, what is common between the disappeared without a trace Ralph M. Trilipushem and mythical king Atum-hadu, pig, a hero and a poet? Only the reader is able to answer these and a million other questions, because none of the characters in the whole truth and not learned.

Arthur Phillips was born in Minneapolis, and for his life had changed a lot of professions: he had been the executor of children's roles, and jazz musician, wrote speeches and unsuccessfully engaged in private business.

"Prague" and "Egyptologist", the two now published the novel Phillips, the U.S. became bestsellers.

The New York Times called "Prague," "remarkable book of the year", this novel Arthur Phillips brought the prize of the newspaper Los Angeles Times and Art Seydenbauma for best first novel. Dozens of American media called the novel "The Egyptologist" the best book of the year.

Earlier in the series "books that say" out of historical and literary thriller by Matthew Pearl's Dante Club, a novel puzzle Eric McCormack's "Flying Dutchman", a historical thriller Caleb Carr's "Alienist" and two of the most mysterious of the novel by Haruki Murakami "Poslemrak and "To the south of the border, west of the sun", reported.

Why believe that what tells the ancient, if present, are often woven from lies? Here is the proof of the genius of Arthur Phillips: We read the "Egyptologists" to the end, did not answer this question.
The Wall Street Journal

In the parody of academic thinking Phillips skilled as Nabokov.
The New Yorker

Arthur Phillips triumphantly coped with the narration. Roman - a celebration of ingenuity, and the ending literally knock you off your feet.
Washington Post

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