Thursday, February 03, 2011

Book Review: Life in Paradise

Al Ahram Weekly

Hawass, Zahi (2009) Life in Paradise: The noble tombs at Thebes. Photographs: Sandro Vannini. AUC Press, Cairo

Zahi Hawass's Life in Paradise, illustrated with brilliant photographs by Sandro Vannini, is an outstanding publication, quite different from the many books on ancient Egypt on the market. Its beautiful scenes and texts provide fascinating details of everyday life on earth, and an extraordinary insight into the concept of the afterlife. Combining scholarship with superb photography, it takes us into the mysterious world of the people of ancient Thebes who lived and died there in Egypt's Golden Age.

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