The Pharaoh and the Priest by Boleslaw Prus is a novel about a pharaoh and a priest's journey through ancient Egypt. Excerpt: "In the northeastern corner of Africa lies Egypt, that land of a most ancient civilization. Three, four, and even five thousand years ago, when the savages of Central Europe wore untanned skins for clothing and were cave-dwellers, Egypt had a high social organization, agriculture, crafts, and literature. Above all, it carried out engineering works and reared immense buildings, the remnants of which rouse admiration in specialists of our day. Egypt is that rich ravine between the Libyan sands and the Arabian desert."