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Minneapolis 23 April 23 1969 • American writer




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Arthur Phillips was born in Minneapolis and educated at Harvard. He has been a child actor, a jazz musician, a speechwriter, a dismally failed entrepreneur, and a five-time Jeopardy! champion.
His first novel, Prague, was a national bestseller, a New
York Times Notable Book, and the recipient of the Los Angeles Times/Art Seidenbaum prize for best first novel. It has been translated into eight languages.
The Egyptologist is his second novel. He lives in New York with his wife and two sons.
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ARTHUR PHILLIPS' BOOKSHELF

EPISTOLARY NOVELS
Dracula
Bram Stoker, 1897
'This is the only epistolary novel I've ever read that involves more than 2 people.'
- AP

NABOKOV
Pale Fire
Vladimir Nabokov, 1962
'I am a big fan of VN, having read everything by him, and I do feel a kinship to him, in much of his philosophy of what he wanted his novels to do, what he felt they could accomplish, what he found beautiful in fiction. Pale Fire specifically is a great example of what can be done with structure, and how structure can be a reflection of plot and theme (and vice versa, infinitely)! I certainly aspired to that in The Egyptologist, and credited him, obliquely, here and there, for those in the know...'
- AP

ON MARGARET'S BOOKSHELF?
The Diary of Géza Csáth
Géza Csáth, 1989
'In the course of just one day, I live five thousand years ... Start smoking opium as a strong, mature man and ... you can reach the age of twenty million.'
- 'Opium', short story, 1909

'100 years [of opium addiction] aren't worth as much 34 [sober], with their real, true pleasures.'
- Csáth's diary entry, 1913

BOOKS BY ARTHUR PHILLIPS:

The Egyptologist
2004
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Darkly comic labyrinth of a story about an Egyptologist obsessed with finding the tomb of an apocryphal king.
WHAT TO READ AFTER THE EGYPTOLOGIST

(EARLY) 20TH-CENTURY EGYPT
'The Cairo Trilogy'
Naguib Mahfouz, 1956-1957
The story of a Muslim family in Cairo during Britain's occupation of Egypt in the early decades of the twentieth century.

ANCIENT EGYPT
Ancient Evenings
Norman Mailer, 1983
Crossing three millennia to Pharaonic Egypt, this tale returns to that land' s essences – the war, magic, gods, death and reincarnations, the lusts, ambitions, jealousies, and betrayals.

The Son of Light
Christian Jacq, 1997
First in a series of five novels about the dynasty of Egypt's greatest pharoah, Ramses II (13th-century BC).

DOWNHILL ALL THE WAY
[Publieke werken]
Thomas Rosenboom,
The overconfident violin-maker Vedder and his nephew Anijs, a country pharmacist, walk into a trap of their own making.

Prague
2002
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In May 1990, five American expats come to Budapest to change the course of their lives.
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