A stunning and original interpretation of an ancient system of poetic, religious, and philosophical thought.
Susan Brind Morrow studied classics, Arabic, and Egyptology at Columbia University. She has lived and traveled extensively in Egypt and Sudan, working as an archaeologist and as a Guggenheim Foundation fellow studying natural history, language, and the uses of poetry. Her first book, The Names of Things: A Passage in the Egyptian Desert, was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir in 1998. She is also the author of Wolves andHoney: A Hidden History of the Natural World
In this exciting book, Morrow . . . provides a radical new
translation and a line-by-line exegesis. --The New Yorker
With a brilliant combination of literary criticism, cultural
history, and linguistic expertise, archaeologist Morrow . . .
provides a dazzling new translation of the hieroglyphs of the
pyramid of Unis (built in 2323 B.C.E.) as well as a detailed and
thoughtful guide to interpreting hieroglyphs and understanding the
culture that produced them. . . . Most translations misinterpret
the Pyramid Texts to be the stories of animals and gods, but
Morrow's translation and interpretation reveal them to be the story
of the invention of time and an examination of the ways in which
humanity is deeply embedded in the cosmic. --Publishers
Weekly "An erudite investigation that rewards patient, careful
reading." --Kirkus Reviews "With the skill of a scholar and
the sensibility of a poet, Susan Morrow opens the language of
--Elaine Pagels, author of The Gnostic Gospels "Susan Brind Morrow has given us a work of sublime intelligence and importance in which she manages with kindness and courtesy to explode the old myths of the Pyramid Texts, revealing a cascade of new and hitherto-unknown truths about the wisdom of the Egyptian ancients. The Dawning Moon of the Mind is beautifully and wisely crafted--a treasure-house of secrets that is a perfect joy to read."
--Simon Winchester, author of The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary "Bringing a much-needed poetic and visual sensitivity to the Pyramid Texts, Susan Brind Morrow shows that they are indeed deeply visual and poetic in their language, and she makes a compelling case that they need reinterpretation. The author's deep knowledge of Egypt and affection for the land, along with her long-time immersion in Arabic, give The Dawning Moon of the Mind a remarkable range and immediacy."
--Roger Bagnall, Leon Levy Director, Institute for the study of the Ancient World, New York University "This is a profound and profoundly inspiring book, a work of the scholarly heart, the feeling mind."
--Verlyn Klinkenborg, author of The Rural Life