Summer voyages: Leo the African by Amin Maalouf surprised by the belated birth of a brown and fuzzy ‘Medici’, add the surname ‘Africanus’. Thus wrote Leo Africanus, in his fortieth year, in this imaginary autobiography of the famous geographer, adventurer, and scholar Hasan al-Wazzan, who was. Leo Africanus by Amin Maalouf, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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In later years, Hassan and his uncle are sent to Timbuktu on a diplomatic mission, rite uncle dies en route, and the bereaved teen-ager has to take charge.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. And always, a realist. GranadaFezCairoand Rome.

Leo Africanus

The complex chronicle is so deftly written that it reads as a tale being told. My library Help Advanced Book Search. For all the buckles that get swashed in Leo the African, this is a book of understanding.

Since very little is actually known about his life, the book fills in the historical episodes, placing Leo in the company of many of the key historical figures of his time, including three popesLeo XAdrian VIand Pope Clement VIItwo Ottoman emperors Selim I and Suleiman the Magnificentwith appearances by Boabdil the last Moorish king of GranadaAskia Mohammad I of the Songhai EmpireFerdinand ain Spain, and Francis I of France, as well as the artist Raphael and other key political and cultural figures of the period.

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There was a problem adding your email address. Dad would be wrong today, no matter where we were going, if the book were Leo the Mzalouf.

Historical fiction full of adventure, giving a vivid picture of the Mediterranean from Granada to Constantinople to Rome from to This is a book of multiple layers and journeys. He does so through fine writing. He ends up in Cairo, which is torn apart by plague and feuding, but he hooks up with the beautiful princess Nur and her infant son, who’s in danger because his lineage makes him a sworn enemy of the Ottoman Empire.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The details — Nabokov’s “subliminal coordinates” — reveal truths about real-life expediency.


Summer voyages: Leo the African by Amin Maalouf

By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Contents The Year of Salma alHurra.

Leo The African was “from no country, from no city, no tribe”. Common terms and phrases Abbad al-Baisin Alhambra already Andalus arms army arrived Aruj asked Astaghfirullah Bayazid began Boabdil brother Cairo caliph called caravan Cardinal Castilians Christian Circassian Constantinople cousin dare daughter death dinars door exile eyes face father Fatima fear Ferret girl gold Granada Grand Turk Guicciardini hammam hand Harun Hasan head heard Hiba Holy honour hundred journey Khali King kingdom knew land laugh leave lips live look Maddalena Maghrib Mameluke Mariam master Medici merchants months mosque mother Muhammad Muslims Najd never night Ottoman palace passed Pope prayer prince promised qadis quarter Qur’an replied Rome Salma San Angelo seemed shaikh Sijilmassa sister slightest smile soldiers soon sovereign speak streets sultan suqs tell thousand Timbuktu Tlemcen told tone took town troops Tumanbay turned uncle voice waiting Warda week woman women words Zarwali.

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Views Read Edit View history. Hassan al-Wazza, born in Grenada inwas a small child when the city fell to the Christians and he and his Muslim family fled to Fez.

This page was last edited on 30 Decemberat It is a curious habit of men, al-Wazzan notes, to name themselves after terrifying beasts instead of devoted animals. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. As a poet and well-connected diplomat, he’s quickly elevated into the pope’s inner circle. Looking for beautiful books? When challenged by the latest occupier to state their nationality, people in the 20th-century borderlands of Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Latvia and Lithuania identified themselves as Tutejszy; the “from-here” people.

The Best Books of I am the son of the road, my country is the caravan, my life the most unexpected of voyages. His family fled the Inquisition and took him to the city of Fez, in North Africa.

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While in Rome, he wrote the first trilingual dictionary Latin, Arabic and Hebrewas well as his celebrated Description of Africa, for which he is still remembered as Leo Africanus. Leo’s travels among the Moslems, Christians and Jews in his time shed startling light on our present dilemmas.


Show 25 25 50 All. Sfricanus week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your amun and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Nothing outside any window atricanus be more thrilling than the sights shown by Elo al-Wazzan, the 16th-century traveller whose “country is the caravan”. Like a sceptical Candide, he bears knowing but disinterested witness.

The final journey is the reader’s. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Whoever takes my mother becomes my step-father. Peo out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of In the Fez section, it describes the news of the failed Muslim rebellion in Granada, the discussions resulting in the Oran fatwathe Spanish and Portuguese colonial campaigns afrlcanus North Africa and their conflicts with the North African Muslims.

He is variously a refugee, an emissary, a scholar, an exile, a lexicographer, a captive, rich, destitute, a Muslim and a Catholic.

It’s a shock to discover that you haven’t been seated like a sultan, “a pyramid of silk on cushions of brocade”, listening to al-Wazzan tell you the story himself. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Truth can sometimes be found in fiction. The childhood chapters here are rich and evocative, woven through with vivid sensory detail and real relationships.

Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Perhaps he would allow that we can gain insight. Childhood there was a nonstop adventure, with visits to soothsayers and tours guided by his best friend, Harun the Ferret, through the markets where beggers faked epilepsy maaloouf storytellers told sexy yarns.