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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Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. It offers insights into syncretism, nationalism, religious fanaticism, capitalism and the hierarchies of oppression political, social, cultural, financial, gender.

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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 maaalouf mosque mother Muhammad Muslims Najd never night Ottoman afgicanus 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.

Leo was a real person, and a considerable geographer, who was a treasure trove of information about Northern Africa to the renaissance. The book is divided into four sections, each organized year by year to describe a key period of Leo Africanus’s life, and each named after the city that played the major role in his life at the time: He is variously a refugee, an emissary, a scholar, an exile, a lexicographer, a captive, rich, destitute, a Muslim and a Catholic. Topics Books Summer voyages.


Upon closing it, it’s a shock to find yourself on a 21st-century kitchen chair. I am also called the Granadan, the Fassi, the Zayyati, but 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 in North Africa and their conflicts with the North African Muslims. First paperback edition cover. Maalouf’s achievement is that he conveys al-Wazzan both as an everyman and an extraordinary man.

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 jaalouf you the story himself. But war is brewing, and Leo is lucky to be able to escape beseiged Rome and set sail back to Africa.

He is a poet to sultans and lover to wives, slave-girls and princesses. The Year of the Fall.

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Hasan became an itinerant merchant, and made many journeys to the East, journeys rich in adventure and observation.

From then, history keeps happening to him and he just lets it. By clicking on “Submit” you agree maalojf you have read and agree to the Privacy Amon and Terms of Service. Leo the African saw “cities die and empires perish” At 12, he still believed: Leo Africanus Amin Maalouf Limited preview – Maalouf’s al-Wazzan is less passionate than the reader about his remarkable life.

Retrieved from ” https: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. But as Hassan’s career picks up globe-trotting speed, the human dramas recede and the alliances and politicking become confusing; Hassan himself becomes a smooth-talking pawn rather than a compelling hero.


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This is a book of multiple layers and journeys. His family fled the Inquisition and took him to the city of Fez, in North Africa.

By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Amin Maalouf ‘s vivid imagining of the real al-Wazzan’s memoirs transports the reader to another world in a way to rejuvenate the most jaded adult bookworm. New Amsterdam- Fiction – pages. This article needs additional citations for verification.

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Summer voyages: Leo the African by Amin Maalouf

Hassan leaves Cairo to take the baby to safety, then is kidnapped by a pirate and brought to Rome as a gift for Pope Leo X.

Historical fiction, fast published in France, based on the adventures of a merchant raised in North Africa, whose life was a madcap tour of the capitals of the Ottoman and Renaissance worlds. I am also called the Granadan, the Fassi, the Zayyati, but I come from no country, from no city, no tribe. Centuries later, a less vulgar equivalent remained necessary for survival.

The Year of Salma alHurra.

I am the son of the road; my country is the caravan, my life the most unexpected of voyages. It is a curious habit of men, al-Wazzan notes, to name themselves after terrifying beasts instead of devoted animals.

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