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The Buried

Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 480
Subject: Current Affairs, Politics & Economics, Travel & Nature

The Buried

An Archaeology of the Egyptian Revolution

Peter Hessler

An intimate excavation of life in one of the world's oldest civilizations at a time of convulsive change

Hardback(Preorder only)
9781788161305 (Published 2 May 2019)

About the book

In 2011, the world's eyes were on Egypt, as revolution swept across the country. But what lay below the surface of events was harder to see. Living in Cairo, over the following years award-winning writer Peter Hessler set out to uncover the everyday lives and archaeological secrets of a country in turmoil.

From the protests in Tahrir square, to Egypt's first democratic elections, and on to the massacres, the coup and its aftermath, The Buried follows the ongoing events of the Arab Spring while also exploring the social forces and historical context behind it. At its heart lies human stories: iconoclastic Pharaoh Akhenaten, rubbish collector Sayyid, Arabic teacher Rifaat, Chinese lingerie salesmen and resourceful archaeologists. Together, they raise the question: is revolution just repetition, or can things really change?

Through extraordinary first-hand reporting and deep research, Hessler brings to light the relationship between the ancient past and the contemporary condition, the political and the personal, to create an unforgettable work of literary and documentary brilliance.

About the author

Peter Hessler is a staff writer at the New Yorker, where he served as Beijing correspondent from 2000-2007, and is also a contributing writer for National Geographic. He is the author of River Town, which won the Kiriyama Book Prize, Oracle Bones, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, Country Driving and Strange Stones. He won the 2008 National Magazine Award for excellence in reporting.


Praise for The Oracle Bones
'One of the most profoundly original books about China

- The Economist

A swirl of interconnecting stories and histories make up Peter Hessler's extraordinary, genre-defying second book

- Daily Telegraph

[An] extraordinary survey of contemporary China...really quite unforgettable

- The Observer

Praise for River Town
'Written with great clarity and affection, River Town should be read by anyone with any interest in finding the Chinese less inscrutable

- The Times

If you read only one book about China, let it be this

- Jonathan Mirsky

Additional Information

Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 480
Subject: Current Affairs, Politics & Economics, Travel & Nature