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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Whoever takes my mother becomes my step-father. In later years, Hassan and his uncle are sent to Timbuktu on a diplomatic mission, rite uncle dies en route, and the bereaved teen-ager has to take charge.
You feel you’ve been carried there on amij magic carpet with an Infinite Improbability Drive that flew through the back of the wardrobe, out the secret door in the garden, down to the palace at the bottom of a sea and down a rabbit hole.
His wanderings take him — “lightly dressed with arms swinging” — through Timbuktu, Cairo, Constantinople and Rome. Nabokov declared it “childish to read a novel maaalouf gain information”.
Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. From inside the book. Hassan al-Wazza, born in Grenada africabuswas a small child when the city fell to the Christians and he and his Muslim family ami to Fez. The complex chronicle is so deftly written that it reads as a tale being told. Common terms and phrases Abbad al-Baisin Alhambra already Andalus arms army arrived Aruj asked Astaghfirullah Bayazid began Boabdil brother Cairo caliph called caravan Cardinal Castilians Christian Circassian Constantinople cousin dare daughter death dinars door exile eyes face father Fatima fear Ferret girl gold Granada Grand Turk Guicciardini hammam hand Harun Hasan head heard Hiba Africanuw honour hundred journey Khali King kingdom knew land laugh leave lips live look Maddalena Maghrib Mameluke Mariam master Medici merchants months mosque mother Muhammad Muslims Najd never night Ottoman palace passed Pope prayer prince promised qadis quarter Qur’an replied Rome Salma San Angelo seemed shaikh Sijilmassa sister slightest smile soldiers soon sovereign speak streets sultan suqs tell thousand Timbuktu Tlemcen told tone took town troops Tumanbay turned uncle voice waiting Warda week woman women words Zarwali.
Amin Maalouf ‘s vivid imagining of the real al-Wazzan’s memoirs transports the reader to another world in a way to rejuvenate the most jaded adult bookworm. Articles needing additional references from August All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata.
I am also called the Granadan, the Fassi, the Zayyati, but Amjn come from no country, from no city, no tribe.
This is a book of multiple layers and journeys. Historical fiction full of adventure, giving a vivid picture of the Mediterranean from Granada to Constantinople to Rome from to Show 25 25 50 All. While in Rome, he wrote the first trilingual dictionary Latin, Arabic and Hebrewas well as his celebrated Description of Africa, for which he is still remembered as Leo Africanus. Maalouf, and translator Peter Sluglett, convey culturally extravagant dialogue without a hint of cartoonishness.
He is a poet to sultans and lover to wives, leoo and princesses. Contents The Year of Salma alHurra.
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After Julian de Medici becomes pope, Hassan–now known as Leo Africanus–is sent to meet with the emissary of the Ottomans–who turns out to be none other than Harun the Ferret. I am the son lso the road, my country is the caravan, my life the most unexpected of voyages.
Review quote Leo Africanus is a beautiful book of tales about people who are forced to accept choices made for them by someone else The Best Books of At 40, he thinks: Looking for beautiful books? Please provide an email address. Centuries later, a less vulgar equivalent remained necessary for survival.