Date: August 2016
Duration: 29 hours 58 minutes
Norman Mailer's dazzlingly rich, deeply evocative novel of ancient Egypt breathes life into the figures of a lost era: the eighteenth-dynasty Pharaoh Ramses and his wife, Queen Nefertiri; Menenhetet, their creature, lover, and victim; and the gods and mortals that surround them in intimate and telepathic communion. Mailer's reincarnated protagonist is carried through the exquisite gardens of the royal harem, along the majestic flow of the Nile, and into the terrifying clash of battle. An extraordinary work of inventiveness, Ancient Evenings lives on in the mind long after the last page has been turned.
"Mailer makes a miraculous present out of age-deep memories, bringing to life the rhythms, the images, the sensuousness of a lost time." -The New York Times
"Mailer's Egypt is a haunting and magical place.... The reader wallows in the scope, depth, the sheer magnitude, and-yes-the fertility of his imagination." -The Washington Post Book World
"An enormous pyramid of a novel [reminiscent of] Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow and Carlos Fuentes's Terra Nostra." -Los Angeles Herald Examiner