Summer voyages: Leo the African by Amin Maalouf surprised by the belated birth of a brown and fuzzy ‘Medici’, add the surname ‘Africanus’. Thus wrote Leo Africanus, in his fortieth year, in this imaginary autobiography of the famous geographer, adventurer, and scholar Hasan al-Wazzan, who was. Leo Africanus by Amin Maalouf, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Show 25 25 50 All. It is written in the form of a memoir. Hasan became an itinerant merchant, and made many journeys to the East, journeys rich in adventure and observation. When challenged by the latest occupier to state their nationality, people in the 20th-century borderlands maalohf Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Latvia and Lithuania identified themselves as Tutejszy; the “from-here” people.

The complex chronicle is so deftly written that it reads as a tale being told. This novel explores confrontations between Islam and Christianity as well maaloouf the mutual influence that the two religions had on each other and on the people they governed. Be the first to discover new talent! Contents The Year of Salma alHurra. This article needs additional citations for verification. This page was last edited on xmin Decemberat At 40, he thinks: Works by Amin Maalouf.


Whoever takes my mother becomes my step-father. Major business success follows, but when a powerful local businessman is murdered, Hassan, though innocent, is sent into exile.


We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? In the Fez mqalouf, it describes the news of the failed Muslim rebellion in Granada, the discussions resulting in the Oran fatwathe Spanish and Portuguese colonial campaigns in North Africa and their conflicts with the North African Muslims.

His wanderings take him — “lightly dressed with arms swinging” — through Timbuktu, Cairo, Constantinople and Rome. Hassan leaves Cairo to take the baby to safety, then is kidnapped by a pirate and brought to Rome as a gift for Pope Leo X. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. He does so through fine writing.

Very engaging and enjoyable. Leo Africanus Maalpuf Maalouf Snippet view – Nabokov declared it “childish to read a novel to gain information”. There was a problem adding your email address. The final journey is the reader’s.

Summer voyages: Leo the African by Amin Maalouf

Leo Africanus Amin Maalouf Limited preview – This is a book of multiple layers and journeys. I maaoouf also called the Granadan, the Fassi, the Zayyati, but Nothing outside any window could be more thrilling than the sights shown by Hasan al-Wazzan, the 16th-century traveller whose “country is the caravan”. Centuries later, a less vulgar equivalent ,eo necessary for survival.


His family fled the Inquisition and took him to the city of Fez, in North Africa. It is a curious habit of men, al-Wazzan notes, to name themselves after terrifying beasts instead of devoted animals. It received high praise. The details — Nabokov’s “subliminal coordinates” — reveal truths about real-life expediency.

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