Profile buys The Buried: An Archaeology of the Egyptian Revolution by Peter Hessler

Claire Coughlan
Rights - NonFiction Wednesday, 10 October 2018

The book 'brings to light the relationship between the ancient past and the contemporary condition' in Egypt


Profile Books has bought The Buried: An Archaeology of the Egyptian Revolution by Peter Hessler. Louisa Dunnigan, editor, signed UK and Commonwealth rights (exc Canada, ANZ) from William Clark at William Clark Associates; Profile will publish in May 2019.

Living in Cairo during the 2011 revolution, Hessler set out to uncover the everyday lives and archaeological secrets of the country. At the heart of his book are stories about people: iconoclastic Pharaoh Akhenaten, rubbish collector Sayyid, Arabic teacher Rifaat, a young refugee, Chinese lingerie salesmen and resourceful archaeologists. Dunnigan said: "Peter is a truly exceptional writer, and I am thrilled to be publishing his richly detailed, immersive account of contemporary Egypt. It is a fascinating and moving exploration of culture, time and place, filled with unforgettable characters."

Hessler said: "I'm very pleased to publish with Profile Books, which has such a strong interest in literary non-fiction. This book has been a seven-year project that represents my most ambitious undertaking as a writer. It was an incredible experience to live in Egypt during the years of the revolution, but my goal was to write about more than the moment - I've tried to capture the richness of the culture, history, and language of this amazing place."

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. His previous books include River Town, which won the Kiriyama Book Prize, and Oracle Bones, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. He won the 2008 National Magazine Award for excellence in reporting, and in 2011 he won a MacArthur "genius" grant.

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