Samarkand

Samarkand

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by Amin Maalouf
     
 

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Independent
Remarkable...Maalouf has written an extraordinary book.
San Francisco Chronicle
...an engrossing work of fiction...[A] fine historical novel.
Library Journal - Library Journal
Edward Fitzgerald's Victorian-era translation of Omar Khayyam's Rubaiyaat profoundly influenced the West's perception (or misperception) of Persia. Lebanese author Maalouf tries to set the record straight in this fictional history of Omar's personal manuscript copy of the famous quatrains. The first half of the book introduces three world-historical Persians: Omar himself, a brilliant poet, mathematician, and astronomer; the vizier Nizam al-Mulk, a philosophical despot whose political theories anticipate Machiavelli; and the fanatical cult leader Hassan, who commands an invincible army of assassins from the mountain fortress of Alamut. In the second half, a wealthy collector miraculously recovers the lost manuscript and books passage home on the Titanic in celebration. Despite its exotic locales, this is a curiously dry historical novel from the author of the science fiction parable The First Year After Beatrice (Braziller, 1995). For larger fiction collections.Edward B. St. John, Loyola Law Sch. Lib., Los Angeles

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566562935
Publisher:
Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Series:
Emerging Voices Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
284,674
Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.81(d)

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