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The Pharaoh and the Priest

Boleslaw Prus

The Pharaoh and the Priest (Polish: Faraon) is the fourth and last major novel by the Polish writer Boleslaw 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 Czeslaw Milosz 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)

The Pharaoh and the Priest (Polish: Faraon) is the fourth and last major novel by the Polish writer Boleslaw 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 Czeslaw Milosz 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)
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The Pharaoh and the Priest (Polish: Faraon) is the fourth and last major novel by the Polish writer Boleslaw 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 Czeslaw Milosz 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)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

26h 24m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

19:18


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

25:35


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

09:19


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

15:02


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

16:02


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

13:03


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

18:51


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

12:22


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

13:51


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

13:24


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

13:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

23:15


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

21:29


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

13:41


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

25:43


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

13:27


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

16:58


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

18:57


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

26:26


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

25:24


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

30:40


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

23:24


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

14:48


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

16:46


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

33:09


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

27:04


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

20:14


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

23:37


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

29:52


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

15:41


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

20:39


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

29:56


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

21:57


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

25:20


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

27:22


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

27:14


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

19:37


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

25:24


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

24:32


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

26:07


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

29:44


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

18:39


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

22:52


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

17:17


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

33:47


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

33:10


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

19:54


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

18:06


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

19:45


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

31:47


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

25:21


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

16:16


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

16:58


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

21:58


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

29:59


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

18:09


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

28:26


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

17:41


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

28:20


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

19:22


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

20:46


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

34:54


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

17:33


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

24:48


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

19:59


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

17:51


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

25:03


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

28:53


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

19:07


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

21:18


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

18:56


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

20:13


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:40