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Description - Leo The African by Amin Maalouf

From his chlidhood in Fez, having fled the Christian Inquisition, through his many journeys to the East as an itinerant merhcant, Hasans story is a quixotic catalogue of pirates, slave girls and princesses, encompassing the complexities of a world in a state of religious flux. Hasan too is touched by the instability of the era, performing his hadj to Mecca, then converting to Christianity, only to relapse back to the Muslim faith later in life. In re-creating his extraordinary experiences, Amin Maalouf sketches an irrisistible portrait of the Mediterranea world as it was nearly five centuries ago - the fall of Granada, the Ottoman conquest of Egypt, Renaissance Rome under the Medicis: all contribute to a background of spectacular colour, matched only by the picaresque adventures of Hasan's life.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780349106007
ISBN-10: 0349106002
Format: Paperback
(194mm x 127mm x 25mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Abacus
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 22-Sep-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Amin Maalouf

Amin Maalouf is a Lebanese journalist and writer. He was formerly director of the weekly international edition of the leading Meirut daily an-Nahar, and editor in chief of Jeune Afrique. He now lives in Paris with his wife and three children.

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