Leo Africanus

Leo Africanus

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by Amin Maalouf
     
 

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An imaginary autobiography of the famous geographer, adventurer, and scholar Hasan al-Wazzan. He wrote the first trilingual dictionary and Description of Africa.See more details below

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An imaginary autobiography of the famous geographer, adventurer, and scholar Hasan al-Wazzan. He wrote the first trilingual dictionary and Description of Africa.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Through the adventures of a wise, courageous traveler, this excellent historical novel limns Islamic culture at the time of Columbus. (July)
Library Journal
Written in the form of a memoir, this historical novel explores the meeting of two worlds Islam and Christendom through the adventures of real-life Arab traveler and geographer Hassan al-Wazzan. Born in Spain just as the Moors were expelled in 1492, Hassan grows up in North Africa and as a young man crosses the Sahara to Timbuctu, eventually reaching Cairo on the eve of its conquest by the Ottomans. In the last of his sojourns recounted by Maalouf, Hassan arrives in the Rome of Pope Leo X, who christens him Leo Africanus. Chronicling the loves and adventures of his wandering protagonist, the author deftly weaves into Hassan's account a score of the traveler's more famous contemporaries, including Columbus, the Medicis, Martin Luther, and Suleiman the Magnificent. Enjoyable reading for general readers. L.M. Lewis, Eastern Kentucky Univ., Richmond
New York Times Book Review
Leo Africanus is a beautiful book of tales about people who are forced to accept choices made for them by someone else...It relates, poetically at times and often imaginatively, the story of those who did not make it to the New World.
Thomas Fleming
Absoutely facinating—an evocation of a lost world. Leo's travels among the Moslems, Christians and Jews in his time shed startling light on our present dilemmas.
The New York Times
Leo Africanus is a beautiful book of tales about people who are forced to accept choices made for them by someone else...It relates, poetically at times and often imaginatively, the story of those who did not make it to the New World.
BBC World Service
Utterly fascinating.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461663317
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
03/25/1998
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
420,107
File size:
1 MB

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Thomas Fleming
Absolutely fascinating—an evocation of a lost world. Leo's travels among Muslims, Christians, and Jews in his time shed startling light on our present dilemmas.
—(Thomas Fleming)

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