The Pyramid A Novel By Ismail Kadare, Translated by David Bellos
 
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Egypt in the twenty-sixth century BC. The young pharaoh Cheops wants to forgo the construction of a pyramid in his honor, but his court sages hasten to persuade him otherwise. The pyramid, they tell him, is not a tomb but a paradox, designed to appease the masses by oppressing them. It is a symbol of nothing, a useless and infinite project designed to waste the country’s wealth and keep security and prosperity, ever the fonts of sedition, constantly at bay. And so the greatest pyramid in the world has ever seen begins to rise.

Rumors multiply. A secret police is formed. Conspiracies—real and imagined—swirl around the rising edifice. The most drastic purges follow. By the time the first stone is laid, Cheops’s subjects are terrified enough to yield to his most murderous whims. Each time one of the massive stones is hoisted into place, dozens of men are crushed, and there are tens of thousands of stones. . . .
TitleThe Pyramid
SubtitleA Novel
AuthorBy Ismail Kadare, Translated by David Bellos
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
ImprintArcade Publishing
Published9 May 2013
FormatPaperback
ISBN-139781611458008
Pages168
Dimensions5.50 x 8.25in.
ISBNs: 9781611458008 978-1-61145-800-8 Title: the pyramid category:FIC 
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