Mika Waltari


Born
in Helsinki, Finland
September 19, 1908

Died
August 08, 1979

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Mika Toimi Waltari was a Finnish historical novelist, best known for his magnum opus The Egyptian.
Waltari was born in Helsinki and lost his father, a Lutheran pastor, at the age of five. As a boy, he witnessed the Finnish Civil War in Helsinki. Later he enrolled in the University of Helsinki as a theology student, according to his mother's wishes, but soon abandoned theology in favour of philosophy, aesthetics and literature, graduating in 1929. While studying, he contributed to various magazines and wrote poetry and stories, getting his first book published in 1925. In 1927 he went to Paris where he wrote his first major novel Suuri illusioni ('The Grand Illusion'), a story of bohemian life. In terms of style, the novel is considered to be
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The Egyptian

4.10 avg rating — 15,279 ratings — published 1945 — 178 editions
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Sinouhé l'Égyptien, tome I

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4.33 avg rating — 1,747 ratings — published 1945 — 12 editions
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The Etruscan

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Egipcjanin Sinuhe, tom 2

4.36 avg rating — 1,060 ratings — published 1945 — 10 editions
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The Dark Angel

4.03 avg rating — 1,384 ratings — published 1952 — 45 editions
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Suuri illusioni

3.55 avg rating — 782 ratings — published 1928 — 9 editions
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The Roman

4.08 avg rating — 755 ratings — published 1964 — 37 editions
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The Adventurer

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The Secret of the Kingdom

4.04 avg rating — 645 ratings — published 1959 — 38 editions
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The Wanderer

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“Tuhat kirjaa luettuaan ihminen alkaa aavistaa masentavan totuuden. Kymmenentuhatta kirjaa tekee hänet surulliseksi”
Mika Waltari

“Even were the time to come when there would be neither poor nor rich, yet there will always be wise and stupid, sly and simple, for so there have ever been and ever will be. The strong man sets his foot on the neck of the weakling; the cunning man runs off with the simpleton's purse and sets the dunce to work for him. Man is a crooked dealer and even his virtue is imperfect. Only he who lies down never to rise again is wholly good.”
Mika Waltari, سینوهه

“I, SINUHE, the son of Senmut and of his wife Kipa, write this. I do not write it to the glory of the gods in the land of Kem, for I am weary of gods, nor to the glory of the Pharaohs, for I am weary of their deeds. I write neither from fear nor from any hope of the future but for myself alone. During my life I have seen, known, and lost too much to be the prey of vain dread; and, as for the hope of immortality, I am as weary of that as I am of gods and kings. For my own sake only I write this; and herein I differ from all other writers, past and to come.”
Mika Waltari, سینوهه

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January 2019 New School Poll

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, 288 pages, 1930
 
  120 votes, 35.5%

True Grit by Charles Portis, 224 pages, 1968
 
  75 votes, 22.2%

Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie, 647 pages, 1981
 
  74 votes, 21.9%

 
  42 votes, 12.4%

The Egyptian by Mika Waltari, 503 pages, 1945
 
  27 votes, 8.0%

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