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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He is a poet to sultans and lover to wives, slave-girls and princesses. Inhis Muslim family flees the Inquisition in Granada — the coast a “thin streak of remorse behind us” — for Fez. Be the first to discover new talent! Centuries later, a less vulgar equivalent remained necessary for survival. Looking for beautiful books? Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.

This novel explores confrontations between Islam and Christianity as well as the mutual influence that the two religions had on africaus other and on the people they governed. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Views Read Edit View history. Upon closing it, it’s a shock to find yourself on a 21st-century kitchen chair.

Leo Africanus is Maalouf’s first novel. This page was last edited on 30 Decemberat Violence and the Need to Belong. Leo Mazlouf African was “from no country, from no city, no tribe”.

From inside the book. The childhood chapters here are rich and evocative, woven through with vivid sensory detail and real relationships. It’s a shock to discover that you haven’t been seated like a sultan, “a pyramid of silk on cushions of brocade”, listening to al-Wazzan tell you the story himself.


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Historical fiction, fast published in France, based on the adventures of a merchant raised in North Africa, whose life was a madcap tour of the capitals of the Ottoman and Renaissance worlds. Please provide an email address.

Description “I, Hasan the son of Muhammad the weigh-master, I, Jean-Leon de Medici, circumcised at the hand of a barber and baptized at the hand of a pope, I am now called the African, but I am not from Africa, nor from Europe, nor from Arabia. It offers insights into syncretism, nationalism, religious fanaticism, capitalism and the hierarchies of oppression political, social, cultural, financial, gender.

Nothing outside maalout window could be more thrilling than the sights shown by Hasan al-Wazzan, the 16th-century traveller whose “country is the caravan”.

Hasan became an itinerant merchant, and made many journeys to the East, maaalouf rich in adventure and observation.

Summer voyages: Leo the African by Amin Maalouf

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. In the Fez section, it describes the news of the failed Muslim rebellion in Granada, the discussions resulting in the Oran fatwathe Spanish and Portuguese colonial campaigns amih North Africa and their conflicts with the North African Muslims. Account Options Sign in.

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The details — Nabokov’s “subliminal coordinates” — reveal truths about real-life expediency. The Year of the Fall. Retrieved from ” https: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I am the son of the road, my country is the caravan, my life the most unexpected of voyages.

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Show 25 25 50 All. You feel you’ve been carried there on a 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.

Since very little is actually known about his life, the book fills in the historical episodes, placing Leo in the company of many of the key historical figures of his time, including three popesLeo XAdrian VIand Pope Clement VIItwo Ottoman emperors Selim I and Suleiman the Magnificentwith appearances by Boabdil the last Moorish king of GranadaAskia Mohammad I of the Songhai EmpireFerdinand of Spain, and Francis I of France, as well as the artist Raphael and other key political and cultural figures of the period.

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