The teacher of Cheops
Winner of the NESTOR LUJÁN HISTORICAL NOVEL PRIZE. "I was nervous about this book. Finding a good novel in translation from the tiny state of Andorra, nestling in the Pyrenees between Spain and France, was always going to be tricky... I was in for a pleasant surprise... Salvadó has certainly done his homework: the book is painstakingly researched... By and large, the level of detail and historical knowledge is well-handled... The text itself felt professional and slick... this is a highly readable light novel... powerful flashes of insight into human greed, pride and ambition..." (ANN MORGAN, Andorra: Buried treasure, A Year of Reading the Word, http://ayearofreadingtheworld.com/2012/02/22/andorra-buried-treasure/, London, february 22, 2012) This is the history of the time of Pharaoh Snefru and Queen Hetepheres, the parents of Cheops, who built the largest and most impressive pyramid of all. It is also the story of Sedum, a slave who became Cheops' teacher, the high priest Ramosi, and how the first pyramid came to be built. Sebekhotep, the great wise man of that time, said, "Everything is written in the stars. Most of us live our lives unaware of it. Some can read the stars and see their destiny. But very few people learn to write in the stars and change their destiny." Ramosi and Sedum learned to write in them and tried to change their destinies, but fortune treated them very differently. This is a tale of the confrontation between two men's intelligence: one fighting for power, the other struggling for freedom. Other critics' opinions: “It is a long time since a prize was so justly awarded. THE TEACHER OF CHEOPS deserves every honour... An intrigue that develops at a good pace without causing anxiety... A restrained and inspired piece of writing; an outstanding, intelligent and well-constructed novel.” (RAMÓN VENTURA, El Periódico) “Salvadó develops the mystery with great skill in his novel.” (JACINTO ANTÓN, El País) “Salvadó presents a story about power and knowledge through a fast-paced plot combining intrigue, love, mystery, murder and adventure.” (ROSA Mª PIÑOL, La Vanguardia) “Albert Salvadó displays seasoned writing skill in this novel... A very well-organised plot... A straightforward, effective style that is a pleasure to read... He achieves accuracy in his writing.” (IGNASI ARAGAY, Avui).
by: Albert Salvadó