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The Pharaoh and the Priest

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The Pharaoh and the Priest (Polish: Faraon) is the fourth and last major novel by the Polish writer Bolesław Prus. It was the sole historical novel by an author who had earlier disapproved of historical novels on the ground that they inevitably distort history. Pharaoh has been described by Czesław Miłosz as a "novel on mechanisms of state power and, as such, probably unique in world literature of the nineteenth century.... Prus, in selecting the reign of 'Pharaoh Ramses XIII' in the eleventh century BCE, sought a perspective that was detached from pressures of topicality and censorship. Pharaoh is set in the Egypt of 1087–85 BCE as that country experiences internal stresses and external threats that will culminate in the fall of its Twentieth Dynasty and New Kingdom. The young protagonist Ramses learns that those who would challenge the powers that be are vulnerable to co-option, seduction, subornation, defamation, intimidation and assassination. Perhaps the chief lesson, belatedly absorbed by Ramses as pharaoh, is the importance, to power, of knowledge. Prus' vision of the fall of an ancient civilization derives some of its power from the author's intimate awareness of the final demise of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1795, a century before the completion of the novel. (Summary by Wikipedia)

(26 hr 23 min)

Chapters

Prefatory Remarks and Introduction

19:17

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Chapter I

25:34

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Chapter II

9:18

Read by Piotr Nater

Chapter III

15:01

Read by MaryAnn

Chapter IV

16:01

Read by ToddHW

Chapter V

13:02

Read by ToddHW

Chapter VI

18:50

Read by Alan Williams

Chapter VII

12:21

Read by Nadine Eckert-Boulet

Chapter VIII

13:50

Read by Rapunzelina

Chapter IX

13:23

Read by Rapunzelina

Chapter X

13:24

Read by Rapunzelina

Chapter XI

23:14

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Chapter XII

21:27

Read by KHand

Chapter XIII

13:40

Read by Rapunzelina

Chapter XIV

25:42

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Chapter XV

13:26

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Chapter XVI

16:57

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Chapter XVII

18:56

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Chapter XVIII

26:25

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Chapter XIX

25:23

Read by Lynne T

Chapter XX

30:39

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Chapter XXI

23:23

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Chapter XXII

14:47

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Chapter XXIII

16:45

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Chapter XXIV

33:08

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Chapter XXV

27:03

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Chapter XXVI

20:13

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Chapter XXVII

23:36

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Chapter XXVIII

29:51

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Chapter XXIX

15:40

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Chapter XXX

20:38

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Chapter XXXI

29:55

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Chapter XXXII

21:56

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Chapter XXXIII

25:19

Read by Lynne T

Chapter XXXIV

27:21

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Chapter XXXV

27:13

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Chapter XXXVI

19:36

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Chapter XXXVII

25:23

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Chapter XXXVIII

24:31

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Chapter XXXIX

26:06

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Chapter XL

29:43

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Chapter XLI, part 1

18:38

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Chapter XLI, part 2

22:51

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Chapter XLII

17:16

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Chapter XLIII

33:46

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Chapter XLIV

33:09

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Chapter XLV

19:53

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Chapter XLVI

18:05

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Chapter XLVII

19:44

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Chapter XLVIII

31:46

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Chapter XLIX

25:20

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Chapter L

16:15

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Chapter LI

16:57

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Chapter LII

21:57

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Chapter LIII

29:58

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Chapter LIV

18:08

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Chapter LV, part 1

28:25

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Chapter LV, part 2

17:40

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Chapter LVI

28:19

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Chapter LVII, part 1

19:21

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Chapter LVII, part 2

20:45

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Chapter LVIII

34:53

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Chapter LIX

17:32

Read by Lynne T

Chapter LX

24:47

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Chapter LXI, part 1

19:58

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Chapter LXI, part 2

17:50

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Chapter LXII

25:02

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Chapter LXIII

28:52

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Chapter LXIV

19:06

Read by Lynne T

Chapter LXV, part 1

21:17

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Chapter LXV, part 2

18:55

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Chapter LXVI

20:12

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Chapter LXVII

8:39

Read by deongines