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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It relates, poetically at times and often imaginatively, the story of those who did not make it to the New World. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

He does so through fine writing. The Year of the Fall. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of The Year of Salma alHurra. It is written in the form of a memoir.

Perhaps he would allow that we can gain insight. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. He is variously a refugee, an emissary, a scholar, an exile, a lexicographer, a captive, rich, destitute, a Muslim and a Catholic.

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Hasan became an itinerant merchant, and made many journeys to the East, journeys rich in adventure and observation. 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. The novel has good empathy with a man out of his original place, coping with a dangerous environment.


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Very engaging and enjoyable. And always, a realist.

Whoever takes my mother becomes my step-father. Amin Smin ‘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. Account Options Sign in. Please provide an email address. His family fled the Inquisition and took him malouf the city of Fez, in North Africa. The book is divided into four sections, each organized year by year to describe a key period of Leo Africanus’s life, and each named after the city that played the major maaloif in his life at the time: 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.

Summer voyages: Leo the African by Amin Maalouf

Leo’s travels among the Moslems, Christians and Jews in his time shed startling light on our present dilemmas. 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. 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.


This article needs additional citations for verification. His wanderings take him — “lightly dressed with arms swinging” — through Timbuktu, Cairo, Constantinople and Rome. The Best Books of Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Leo Africanus Amin Maalouf Snippet view – He is a poet to sultans and lover to wives, slave-girls and princesses. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.

Leo Africanus

From inside the book. 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 loe palace at the bottom of a sea and down a rabbit hole.

Leo the African saw “cities die and empires perish” At 12, he still believed: