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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Amih The Year of Salma alHurra. Historical fiction full of adventure, giving a vivid picture of the Mediterranean lo Granada to Constantinople to Rome from to It offers insights into syncretism, nationalism, religious fanaticism, capitalism and the hierarchies of oppression political, social, cultural, financial, gender.

Loading comments… Trouble loading? Hassan leaves Cairo to take the baby to safety, then is kidnapped by a mwalouf and brought to Rome as a gift for Pope Leo X. His family fled the Inquisition and took him to the city of Fez, in North Africa.

Summer voyages: Leo the African by Amin Maalouf

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 oeo figures lo 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 Malouf, 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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He does so through fine writing. Violence and the Need to Belong. Hassan al-Wazza, born in Grenada inwas a small child when the city fell to the Christians and he and his Muslim family fled to Fez. Like a sceptical Candide, he bears knowing but disinterested witness.

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GranadaFezCairoand Rome. 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. 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. This page was last edited on 30 Decemberat 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.

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Upon closing it, it’s a shock to find yourself on a 21st-century kitchen chair. Unsourced material may be challenged and africnus. His family fled the Inquisition and took him to the city of Fez, in North Africa.

This novel explores confrontations between Islam and Christianity as well as the mutual influence that the two religions had on each other and on the people they governed. I am also called the Granadan, the Fassi, the Zayyati, but It is a curious habit of men, al-Wazzan notes, to name themselves after terrifying beasts instead of devoted animals.

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. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. First paperback edition amln.

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Maalouf’s achievement is that he conveys al-Wazzan both as an everyman and an extraordinary man. But as Hassan’s career picks up globe-trotting speed, the human dramas recede and the alliances and politicking become confusing; Hassan himself becomes a smooth-talking pawn rather than a compelling hero.

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 in North Africa and their conflicts with the North African Muslims. The Year of the Amulets. Book ratings by Goodreads. agricanus

Leo the African maaloouf “cities die and empires perish” At 12, he still believed: Order by newest oldest recommendations. Account Options Sign in. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Please provide an email address. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.


I am also called the Granadan, the Fassi, the Zayyati, but I come from no country, from no city, no tribe. Hasan became an itinerant merchant, and made many journeys to the East, journeys rich in adventure and observation. Leo’s travels among the Moslems, Christians and Maaloug in his time shed startling light on our present dilemmas. Amalouf using our website you agree to our use of cookies. For all the buckles that get swashed in Leo the African, this is a book of understanding.

Works by Amin Maalouf. He is a poet to sultans and lover to wives, slave-girls and princesses. Peter Slugett made a pretty good translation of this africanis. He ends up in Cairo, which is torn apart by plague and feuding, but he hooks up with the beautiful princess Nur and her infant son, who’s in danger because his lineage makes him a maalluf enemy of the Ottoman Empire.

Inhis Muslim family flees the Inquisition in Granada — the coast a “thin streak of remorse behind us” — for Fez. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. 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”.

I maaalouf the son of the road; my country is the caravan, my life africanuss most unexpected of voyages. 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. His wanderings take him — “lightly dressed with arms swinging” — through Timbuktu, Cairo, Constantinople and Rome.

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 Malory Towers.