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 variously a refugee, an emissary, a scholar, an exile, a lexicographer, a captive, rich, destitute, a Muslim and a Catholic. You feel you’ve been ldo 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.

In the Fez section, it describes the news of the failed Muslim rebellion in Granada, the discussions resulting in the Amib fatwathe Spanish and Portuguese colonial campaigns in North Africa and their conflicts with the North African Muslims. 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.

It relates, poetically at times and often imaginatively, the story of those who did not make it to the New World. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

Sign maalouf here to receive your FREE alerts. If I had put down that bloody book and looked out of the bloody window, I probably would have seen sights less familiar to me than Africaanus Towers. Leo Africanus is a novel written in French by Amin Maaloufdepicting the life of a historical Renaissance -era traveler, Leo Africanus. At 40, he thinks: There was a problem adding your email address. New Amsterdam- Fiction – pages.


Leo Africanus Amin Maalouf Limited preview – While filled with biographical hypotheses and historical speculations, the book offers a vivid description of the Renaissance world, with the decline of the traditional Muslim kingdoms and the hope inspired by the Ottoman Empire, as it grew to threaten Europe and restore Muslim maalour.

It is written in the form of a memoir. His family fled the Inquisition and took him to the city of Fez, in North Africa. This page was last edited on 30 Decemberat It received high praise.

I am the son of the road; my country is the caravan, my life the most unexpected of voyages. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Whoever takes my mother becomes my step-father. The final journey is the reader’s. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Leo the African saw “cities die and empires perish” At 12, he still believed: 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.

August Learn how and when to remove this template message. 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 Sfricanus Africanus.

I am qmin called the Granadan, the Fassi, the Zayyati, but I come from no country, from no city, no tribe. First paperback edition cover.


The Year of Salma alHurra. The childhood chapters here are rich and evocative, woven through with vivid sensory detail and real relationships. His wanderings take him — “lightly dressed with arms swinging” — through Timbuktu, Cairo, Constantinople and Rome. Leo’s travels among the Moslems, Christians and Jews in his time shed startling light on our present dilemmas.


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Dad would be wrong today, no matter where we were going, if the book were Leo the African. 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.

It offers insights into syncretism, nationalism, religious fanaticism, capitalism and the hierarchies of oppression political, social, cultural, financial, gender. 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 Maaliuf 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 Holy 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 loe Rome Salma Lei 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.

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