LINGUIST AND THE EMPEROR:
Napoleon, Champollion, and the Race to Decipher the Rosetta Stone
Pub Date: Spring
In the vein of The
Professor and the Madman, tells the dramatic, little-known story of
one of the greatest historical discoveries of all time: the deciphering
of the Rosetta Stone. Rife with
intrigue, espionage and a race to the finish, it reads like a modern
suspense story and is sure to be a major bestseller.
(see below for Full Description)
"Here is some entertaining history that's told with gusto and goes
down like a pleasant aperitif -- one part Napoleon, another of
Champollion, a dash of Josephine and a bit of Lord Nelson. Stir in the
elements surrounding the mystery of hieroglyphics, and, voilà, you have
Daniel Meyerson's The Linguist and the Emperor....[A] page-turner."
cinematically juxtaposes significant events in both men’s lives,
taking readers unexpectedly back and forth in time to enhance the plot
lines....With little currently available about Champollion, this book
will serve as an engaging introduction for public library patrons.”
provides a good deal of biographical information on the
little-understood Champollion, chronicling his studies and discoveries
and relating them to Egypt’s storied history....An interesting account
of one of the most significant contributors to the study of Egypt.”
who has taught writing at Columbia, NYU, and Bennington...has inhaled
his rich material. It is as if his normal respiration were in cursive,
demotic, or hieratic scripts and acrophonic principles--as if he had
always been able to read obelisks and coffins."
“[A] page turner . . . entertaining history that’s told with gusto and goes down like a pleasant aperitif.”
–The Washington Post Book World
“COMPELLING . . . A PASSIONATE LINGUISTIC LOVE AFFAIR.”–Time
“This florid adventure tale, presented in colorful episodes that read as if drawn from a Hollywood film treatment, interweaves Napoleon's obsessive empire building with Jean François Champollion's determined mission to crack the code of hieroglyphics.”--Publisher's
In the vein of The Professor and the Madman,
tells the dramatic story of one of the greatest historical discoveries
of all time: the deciphering of the Rosetta Stone.
the core of book lies a fantastic group of characters, including
Napoleon—who, obsessed with ancient Egypt, brings a shipload of
scholars along with him—and its hero, Francois Champollion, the
linguistic detective who, in the face of hundreds of years of
scholarship, proves his radical theory of the mystery of the
hieroglyphs. Upon his discovery, he runs through the streets of Paris,
shouting with excitement until he faints and collapses into a coma.
After a 1,500 year silence, ancient Egypt speaks again.
with intrigue, espionage and a race to the finish, it reads like a
modern suspense story, and is sure to be a major bestseller.