'This a.m., long before dawn, upped sticks and left Karnak and Thebes, travelling northwards to join the Orient-Gesellschaft [...].' An encounter, at least on paper, between an Egyptologist of 1913, an 18th-dynasty pharaoh with a curious craving for divine status and a mason whose company specialises in hieroglyphic inscriptions. All three are striving for perfection of one sort or another, but only one recognises perfection when it arrives. This publication consists of the original English version as well as the German translation and the Polish translation. With coloured illustrations.