The Pharaoh and the Priest

Bolesław PRUS (1847 - 1912), translated by Jeremiah CURTIN (1835 - 1906)

The Pharaoh and the Priest (Polish: Faraon) is the fourth and last major novel by the Polish writer Bolesław Prus. It was the sole historical novel by an author who had earlier disapproved of historical novels on the ground that they inevitably distort history. Pharaoh has been described by Czesław Miłosz as a "novel on mechanisms of state power and, as such, probably unique in world literature of the nineteenth century.... Prus, in selecting the reign of 'Pharaoh Ramses XIII' in the eleventh century BCE, sought a perspective that was detached from pressures of topicality and censorship. Pharaoh is set in the Egypt of 1087–85 BCE as that country experiences internal stresses and external threats that will culminate in the fall of its Twentieth Dynasty and New Kingdom. The young protagonist Ramses learns that those who would challenge the powers that be are vulnerable to co-option, seduction, subornation, defamation, intimidation and assassination. Perhaps the chief lesson, belatedly absorbed by Ramses as pharaoh, is the importance, to power, of knowledge. Prus' vision of the fall of an ancient civilization derives some of its power from the author's intimate awareness of the final demise of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1795, a century before the completion of the novel. (Summary by Wikipedia)

Genre(s): Historical Fiction

Language: English

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Play 00 Prefatory Remarks and Introduction Piotr Nater
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Play 01 Chapter I MaryAnn
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Play 02 Chapter II Piotr Nater
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Play 03 Chapter III MaryAnn
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Play 04 Chapter IV ToddHW
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Play 05 Chapter V ToddHW
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Play 06 Chapter VI Alan Williams
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Play 07 Chapter VII Nadine Eckert-Boulet
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Play 08 Chapter VIII Rapunzelina
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Play 09 Chapter IX Rapunzelina
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Play 10 Chapter X Rapunzelina
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Play 11 Chapter XI DJRickyV
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Play 12 Chapter XII KHand
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Play 13 Chapter XIII Rapunzelina
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Play 14 Chapter XIV zaanta
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Play 16 Chapter XVI Rapunzelina
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Play 17 Chapter XVII Rapunzelina
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Play 18 Chapter XVIII Rapunzelina
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Play 39 Chapter XXXIX deongines
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Play 40 Chapter XL deongines
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Play 41 Chapter XLI, part 1 deongines
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Play 43 Chapter XLII deongines
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Play 69 Chapter LXV, part 1 deongines
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