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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Upon closing it, it’s a shock to find yourself on a 21st-century kitchen chair. 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”. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Truth can sometimes be found in fiction. Maalouf’s al-Wazzan is less passionate than the reader about his remarkable life.

Please provide an email address. Leo the African saw “cities die and empires perish” At 12, he still believed: I am also called the Granadan, the Fassi, the Zayyati, but I come from no country, from no city, no tribe. 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 Lfo Towers.

While in Rome, he wrote the first trilingual dictionary Latin, Arabic and Hebrewas well as his celebrated Description of Africa, maalohf which he is still remembered as Leo Africanus. Dad was right in the 70s. The childhood chapters here are rich and evocative, a,in through with vivid sensory detail and real relationships.

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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 africanu none other than Harun the Ferret. The Year of Salma alHurra. Peter Slugett made a pretty good translation of this novel.

Contents The Year of Salma alHurra. From then, history keeps happening to him and he just lets it.

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Review quote Leo Africanus is a beautiful book of tales about people who are forced to accept choices made for them by someone jaalouf He does so through fine writing. Childhood there was a nonstop adventure, with visits to soothsayers and tours guided by his best friend, Harun the Ferret, through the markets where beggers faked epilepsy and storytellers told sexy yarns.

It received high praise. There was a problem adding your email address. 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. This article needs additional citations for verification.


The Year of the Fall. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. As a poet and well-connected diplomat, he’s quickly elevated into the pope’s inner circle.

Summer voyages: Leo the African by Amin Maalouf

By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Africanhs and Terms of Service. Maalouf, and translator Peter Sluglett, convey culturally extravagant dialogue without a hint of cartoonishness.

The book is based on life experiences which took Leo Africanus almost everywhere in the Islamic Mediterraneanfrom southern Morocco to Arabiaand across the Sahara. 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.

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