Author: Mika Waltari
Born: Sep 19, 1908 Helsinki, Finland
Passed: Aug 26, 1979 Helsinki, Finland
Film: The Egyptian
The Egyptian (Sinuhe egyptilÃ¤inen, Sinuhe the Egyptian) is a historical novel by Mika Waltari (September 19, 1908 Â– August 26, 1979). It was first published in Finnish in 1945, and in an abridged English translation by Naomi Walford in 1949. It was adapted into a film in 1954.
The Egyptian is the first, and the most successful, of Waltari's great historical novels. It is set in Ancient Egypt, mostly during the reign of Pharaoh Akhenaten of the 18th Dynasty, whom some[who?] have claimed to be the first monotheistic ruler in the world.
The book became an international bestseller, topping the bestseller lists in the USA in 1949. It remained the most sold foreign novel in the US before its place was taken over by The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco. The Egyptian has been translated into 40 languages.
The 1954 film adaptation was directed by Michael Curtiz and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck. Leading roles were played by Jean Simmons (Meryt), Victor Mature (Horemheb), Gene Tierney (Baketamon), Michael Wilding (Akhnaton), Edmund Purdom (Sinuhe), Bella Darvi (Nefer), Peter Ustinov (Kaptah) and Tommy Rettig (Thoth).Read article at Wikipedia