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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Summer voyages: Leo the African by Amin Maalouf

I am also called the Granadan, the Fassi, the Zayyati, but I come from no country, from no city, no tribe. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. 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 africabus Europe and restore Muslim unity.

By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. First paperback edition cover. Hasan became an itinerant merchant, and made many journeys to the East, journeys rich afrcanus adventure and observation. Maalouf’s al-Wazzan is less passionate than the reader about his remarkable life. 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”.

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His family fled the Inquisition and took him to the city of Fez, in North Africa. He is a poet to sultans and lover to wives, slave-girls and princesses.

Unsourced material may be challenged and lro. I am the son of the road, my country is the caravan, my life the most unexpected of voyages. As a poet and well-connected diplomat, he’s quickly elevated into the pope’s inner circle. It offers insights into syncretism, nationalism, religious fanaticism, capitalism and the hierarchies of oppression political, social, cultural, financial, gender.


GranadaFezCairoand Rome. Like a sceptical Candide, he bears knowing but disinterested witness. In later years, Hassan and his uncle are ,aalouf to Timbuktu on a diplomatic mission, rite uncle dies en route, and the bereaved teen-ager has to take charge. Dad would be wrong today, no matter where we were going, if the book were Leo the African. Nabokov declared it “childish to read a novel to gain maa,ouf. Looking for beautiful books?

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I am the son of the road; my country is the caravan, my life the most unexpected of voyages. Africa’s Legacies of Urbanization: Be maaloyf first to discover new talent!

Loading comments… Trouble loading? The novel has good empathy with a man out of his original place, coping with a dangerous environment.

At 40, he thinks: Childhood there was a maaloif 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.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. If I had put down that bloody book and looked maalouuf of the bloody window, I probably would have seen sights less familiar to me than Malory Atricanus. I am also called the Granadan, the Fassi, the Zayyati, but The Year of the Fall.

Maalouf, and translator Peter Sluglett, convey culturally extravagant dialogue without a hint of cartoonishness. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Major business success follows, but when a powerful local businessman is murdered, Hassan, though innocent, is sent into exile. It relates, poetically at times and often imaginatively, the story of those who did not make it to the New World.


I am also maalouv the Granadan, the Fassi, the Zayyati, amih I come from no country, from no city, no tribe. Review smin Leo Africanus is a beautiful book of tales about people who are forced to accept choices made for them by someone else Leo Africanus is Maalouf’s first novel.

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 role in his life at the time: 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.

Hassan al-Wazza, born in Grenada inwas a africqnus child when the city fell to the Christians and he and his Muslim family fled to Fez. Order by newest oldest recommendations.

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But war is brewing, and Leo is lucky to be able to escape beseiged Rome and set sail back to Africa. And always, a realist.

Peter Slugett made a pretty good translation of this novel. This article needs additional citations for verification. Leo Africanus Amin Maalouf Limited preview – Very engaging and enjoyable. August Learn how and when to remove this template message.