Sunday, 8 August 2010

Summer reading: The Menkaure Mystery


I have received my copy of the fictional account of the search for the lost sarcophagus of Menkaure written by the historian and author Jean-Jacques Fiechter. The novel - "A la recherche du sarcophage perdu de Mykérinos" ("In search of the lost sarcophagus of Menkaure" - was published by Maisonneuve and Larose, Paris, in 2005. 

Jean-Jacques Fiechter is also the author of "Egyptian Fakes: Masterpieces that Duped the Art World and the Experts Who Refuted Them". He is also the author of "Death By Publication", which was awarded France's Grand Prize for Detective Fiction, the equivalent of the Edgar Award. Fiechter was formerly head of a famous Swiss watch company and lives outside Geneva.

It should be an interesting read, although separating fact from fiction should prove a little difficult, if not entertaining. Already it is clear that a lot of factual information has been used in this novel. Pass the French dictionary, please.

See also: 
The Lost Sarcophagus of Menkaure: a novel approach to the mystery
Lost Sarcophagus: Search Update

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