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Remarkable...Maalouf has written an extraordinary book.
San Francisco Chronicle engrossing work of fiction...[A] fine historical novel.
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566562935
  • Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Series: Emerging Voices Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 499,987
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2015

    I read this book many many years ago and want to read again.

    I read this book many many years ago and want to read again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2000


    This book can combine the different worlds at the same time.The story of Omer Hayyam and how he survived can explain the thoughts of this genious man.The language of Amin MAalouf is deeply interesting like a brillliant architecture.One of the most interesting books I have ever read!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2000

    amazing hitorical, poetical and fictional narrative

    I applaud Maalouf on this remarkable book. I was intoxicated by the amazing detailed and passionate writing of the author. This book is an extrordinary historical source. Couldn't put the book down.

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