“A wildly pleasurable, dazzling reading experience, big in heart and execution: crazed, ecstatic, and entertaining in the deepest sense of the word. Arthur Phillips is a terrifically talented writer, and these pages overflow with wit, mad humor, and, finally, a deep undercurrent of pathos.”
–GEORGE SAUNDERS, author of Pastoralia and Civil War Land in Bad Decline
“What a splendid, funny, bewitching book . . . Beneath Arthur Phillips’s singular wit and peerless comic timing, lies a spot-on parable of twentieth-century self-delusion and the painfully fruitless quest for immortality.”
–GARY SHTEYNGART, author of The Russian Debutante’s Handbook
“The dueling voices of a nostalgic detective and the monomaniacal archaeologist he pursues around the world are only part of the treasure contained in The Egyptologist. Crafted with nuanced erudition and literary flair, Phillips uncovers the hieroglyphs (not hieroglyphics–but you’ll learn that) and building blocks beneath how we construct, interpret, and trust our storytellers. Highly textured, quirky, serpentine, surprising.”
–MATTHEW PEARL, author of The Dante Club
From the Hardcover edition.