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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Leo Africanus

But war is brewing, and Leo is lucky to be able to escape beseiged Rome and set sail back to Africa. Truth can sometimes be found in fiction. The book is based on life experiences which took Leo Africanus almost everywhere in the Islamic Mediterraneanfrom southern Morocco to Arabiaand across the Sahara. His family fled the Inquisition and took him to the city of Africanjs, in North Africa.

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Hasan became an itinerant merchant, and made many journeys to the East, journeys rich in adventure and observation. Peter Slugett made a pretty good translation of this novel. 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 and africqnus told sexy yarns.


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The Year of the Amulets. It relates, poetically at times and often imaginatively, the story of those who did not make it to the New World.

His wanderings take him — “lightly dressed with arms swinging” — through Timbuktu, Cairo, Constantinople and Rome. Leo Africanus is Maalouf’s first novel. The Best Books of He does so through fine writing.

Major business success follows, but when a powerful local businessman is murdered, Hassan, though innocent, is sent into exile. From then, history keeps happening to him and he just lets it. This novel explores confrontations between Islam and Christianity as well as the mutual influence that the two religions had on each other and on avricanus people they governed.

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First paperback edition cover. Looking for beautiful books? Inhis Muslim family flees the Inquisition in Granada — the coast a “thin streak of remorse behind us” — for Fez. 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. It offers insights into syncretism, nationalism, religious fanaticism, capitalism and the hierarchies of oppression political, social, cultural, financial, gender.

Summer voyages: Leo the African by Amin Maalouf

Leo the African saw “cities die and empires perish” At 12, he still believed: Book ratings by Goodreads. Surrounded by Ottoman slaughter in Cairo, al-Wazzan reproaches an Egyptian boy who laughs when his donkey stumbles over an Egyptian soldier’s severed head.


Maalouf’s achievement is that he conveys al-Wazzan both as an everyman and an extraordinary man. You feel you’ve been carried there on a magic mqalouf with an Infinite Improbability Drive that flew through the back of the wardrobe, out the secret door in the garden, down to the palace at the bottom of a sea and down a rabbit hole. Show 25 25 50 All. Dad was right in the 70s.

After Julian de Medici becomes pope, Hassan–now known as Leo Africanus–is sent to meet with the emissary of the Ottomans–who turns out to be none other than Harun the Ferret.

Description “I, Hasan the son of Muhammad the weigh-master, I, Jean-Leon de Medici, circumcised at the hand of a barber and baptized at the hand of a pope, I am now called the African, but I am not from Africa, nor from Europe, nor from Arabia.

The novel has good empathy with a man out of his original place, coping with a dangerous environment.