By (author) Amin Maalouf
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Samarkand by Amin Maalouf
Book DescriptionAccused of mocking the inviolate codes of Islam, the Persian poet and sage Omar Khayyam fortuitously finds sympathy with the very man who is to judge his alleged crimes. Recognising genuis, the judge decides to spare him and gives him instead a small, blank book, encouraging him to confine his thoughts to it alone. Thus beginds the seamless blend of fact and fiction that is Samarkand. Vividly re-creating the history of the manuscript of the Rubaiyaat of Omar Khayyam, Amin Maalouf spans continents and centuries with breathtaking vision: the dusky exoticism of 11th-century Persia, with its poetesses and assassins; the same country's struggles nine hundred years later, seen through the eyes of an American academic obsessed with finding the original manuscript; and the fated maiden voyage of the Titanic, whose tragedy led to the Rubaiyaat's final resting place - all are brought to life with keen assurance by this gifted and award-winning writer.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780349106168
(196mm x 126mm x 20mm)
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 22-Sep-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Amin Maalouf
Disordered World, Paperback (August 2012)
Tranlsated from the French by George Miller A dazzling and ultimately hopeful exploration and analysis of our disordered and volatile post-9/11 world by one of the leading international writers and thinkers of our times.
In the Name of Identity, Paperback / softback (March 2012)
An award-winning author explores why so many people commit crimes in the name of identity. "Makes for compelling reading in America today."--"The New York Times."
Origins, Paperback / softback (June 2009)
"Origins," by the world-renowned writer Maalouf, is a sprawling, hemisphere-spanning, inter-generational saga. This work is at once a gripping family chronicle and a timely consideration of Lebanese culture and politics.
Balthasar's Odyssey, Paperback (September 2003)» View all books by Amin Maalouf
In the Koran, there are 99 names for God. Does the 100th exist? Months before the dawn of the apocalyptic "year of the beast", 1666, Balthasar Embriaco, a Genoese Levantine merchant embarks on a quest to find the answer. He sets out on a journey that will take him across the breadth of the civilized world.
US Kirkus Review » Lebanese-born Maalouf, a respected journalist who now lives and writes in France, won the 1993 Goncourt Prize for a previous novel and was awarded the Prix des Maisons de la Presse for this one, a rich historical romance that recounts the adventurous life of 11th-century Persian poet Omar Khayyam and the subsequent fate of the much-prized manuscript of his famous poem The Rubaiyaat. In a fast-moving narrative that exudes a distinct Arabian Nights flavor, Maalouf explores the intertwined fates of three protagonists: the embattled Omar, the crafty vizier who means to appropriate the poet's talents, and the enigmatic leader of the infamous Order of the Assassins, who has his own dark designs on Omar's masterpiece. Nor does the story end there, for we continue to trace the manuscript's peregrinations, until it is eventually secured by an American scholar who takes it with him aboard a certain luxury liner for an ocean crossing in the year 1912. Mysteries and their solutions are deployed with masterly authority in this accomplished novel by one of the best European writers to have emerged in the last decade. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Amin Maalouf
Amin Maalouf is a Lebanese journalist and writer. He has served as a director of the weekly international edition of the leading Beirut dail an-Nahar, and editor in chief of Jeune Afrique. He lives in Paris with his wife and three children.
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