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ISBN13: 9781561310227
ISBN10: 1561310220
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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. I am also called the Granadan, the Fassi, the Zayyati, but I come from no country, from no city, no tribe. I am the son of the road, my country is the caravan, my life the most unexpected of voyages. Thus wrote Leo Africanus, in his fortieth year, in this imaginary autobiography of the famous geographer, adventurer, and scholar Hasan al-Wazzan, who was born in Granada in 1488. His family fled the Inquisition and took him to the city of Fez, in North Africa. Hasan became an itinerant merchant, and made many journeys to the East, journeys rich in adventure and observation. He was captured by a Sicilian pirate and taken back to Rome as a gift to Pope Leo X, who baptized him Johannes Leo. While in Rome, he wrote the first trilingual dictionary (Latin, Arabic and Hebrew), as well as his celebrated Description of Africa, for which he is still remembered as Leo Africanus.

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Leo Africanus is a beautiful book of tales about people who are forced to accept choices made for them by someone else...It relates, particularly at times and often imaginatively, the story of those who did not make it to the New World. --New York Times Book Review

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Exile and pilgrimage, the power of sexual love and family bonds, the savagery of war, and the profundity of religious passions are masterfully evoked in this tale of one man's journey, set against the splendor of the Renaissance and the vast tapestry of Muslim and Christian empires.

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Dianne Eckstein, April 25, 2011 (view all comments by Dianne Eckstein)
Travel the end of the fifteenth century and the first half of the sixteenth by caravan and ship to romantic cities: Granada, Cairo, Timbuktu, Constantinople and Rome. There adventure, romance, war and deceit are abundant. The lessons Leo Africanus learns from his travels are timely still.
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john alkek, September 2, 2009 (view all comments by john alkek)
This is a magnificent book and a profound achievement. Maalouf breathes great life into the legendary traveller Leo Africanus while maintaining historical accuracy within the realm of historical fiction. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys reading travel literature or tales of exploration.
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Karim Lamrani, June 21, 2009 (view all comments by Karim Lamrani)

I read the French version when I was 20 and re-read it in English at age 30, I will make sure that my un-born son read it at age 10.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781561310227
Author:
Maalouf, Amin
Publisher:
New Amsterdam Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Discovery and exploration
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Explorers
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Explorers -- Africa -- Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Discoveries in geography
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
31
Publication Date:
19980331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.34x5.41x1.07 in. 1.10 lbs.

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Product details 368 pages New Amsterdam Books - English 9781561310227 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Leo Africanus is a beautiful book of tales about people who are forced to accept choices made for them by someone else...It relates, particularly at times and often imaginatively, the story of those who did not make it to the New World. --New York Times Book Review
"Synopsis" by , Exile and pilgrimage, the power of sexual love and family bonds, the savagery of war, and the profundity of religious passions are masterfully evoked in this tale of one man's journey, set against the splendor of the Renaissance and the vast tapestry of Muslim and Christian empires.
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