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Samarkand (Interlink World Fiction) (original 1989; edition 2003)

by Amin Maalouf (Author), Russell Harris (Translator)

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A gripping historical novel set in 11th century Persia that imagines the life of poet and philosopher Omar Khayyam Accused of mocking the inviolate codes of Islam, the Persian poet and sage Omar Khayyam fortuitously finds sympathy with the very man who is to judge his alleged crimes. Recognising genius, the judge decides to spare him and gives him instead a small, blank book, encouraging him to confine his thoughts to it alone. Thus begins the seamless blend of fact and fiction that is Samarkand. Vividly re-creating the history of the manuscript of the Rubaiyaat of Omar Khayyam, Amin Maalouf spans continents and centuries with breathtaking vision: the dusky exoticism of 11th-century Persia, with its poetesses and assassins; the same country's struggles nine hundred years later, seen through the eyes of an American academic obsessed with finding the original manuscript; and the fated maiden voyage of the Titanic, whose tragedy led to the Rubaiyaat's final resting place - all are brought to life with keen assurance by this gifted and award-winning writer.… (more)
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Title:Samarkand (Interlink World Fiction)
Authors:Amin Maalouf (Author)
Other authors:Russell Harris (Translator)
Info:Interlink Publishing Group (2003), Edition: First American Edition, 312 pages
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Rating:*****
Tags:uzbekistan, iran, central-asia, orientalism, turkey

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Samarkand by Amin Maalouf (Author) (1989)

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Um livro extraordinário, pois além de romance histórico, traz-nos a personagem do poeta persa Omar Kayan , a sua poesia , a cultura persa . Transfere todo este passado para o século XX através de um misterioso manuscrito e de uma princesa persa que simbolizam que há algo na história passada que continua a agir hoje no nosso dia a dia. Para quem quer conhecer Maalouf creio que esta obra é imperdível. ( )
  gioacchinoponte | Nov 14, 2019 |
Den beste boken jeg har lest? Mulig. I hvertfall en av de som mest har revet meg med. ( )
  geirsan | Jun 26, 2017 |
Beautiful book but I had a lot of trouble with the first half which I think is more indicative of the fact that I know nothing about the history of Islam.

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  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
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  rouzejp | Sep 2, 2015 |
The story of Omar Khayyam, and of the American who find his manuscript at a time of cultural turmoil in Persia/Iran and loses it again on the Titanic. This feels like a book that people should be reading now. Khayyam lives in a middle east full of battle, tyranny, luxury and passionate difference about the right way to live in a Muslim society. Lesage lives at the turn of the twentieth century when Iran is caught between imperialism, westernisation and its own traditions. Romantic in many ways, sensuous and pleasurable, it tells us about the 'other', the mysterious east, that might not be as mysterious and incomprehensible as we still think (though - sadly - with less romance and more fear)
  otterley | Mar 22, 2015 |
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Samarkand, to je Persija Omara Hajama, pesnika vina, slobodnog mislioca, genijalnog astronoma, ali i Persija Hasana Sabaha, osnivača reda asasina, najstrašnije sekte u Istoriji.

Samarkand, to je Orijent XIX veka i početka XX, putovanje u svet u kom su snovi o slobodi oduvek uspevali da odole utvarama.

Samarkand, to je pustolovina jednog rukopisa nastalog u XI veku, izgubljenog prilikom mongolskih upada i ponovo pronađenog šest vekova kasnije.

Još jednom, vodeći nas putem svile kroz najzanosnije gradove Azije, Amin Maluf nas oduševljava svojim izvanrednim pripovedačkim darom.

Amin Maluf je danas jedan od najznačajnijih svetskih pisaca. Njegova prva knjiga, Krstaški ratovi viđeni očima Arapa, već je postala klasično delo.
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Eeden, Ed vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A gripping historical novel set in 11th century Persia that imagines the life of poet and philosopher Omar Khayyam Accused of mocking the inviolate codes of Islam, the Persian poet and sage Omar Khayyam fortuitously finds sympathy with the very man who is to judge his alleged crimes. Recognising genius, the judge decides to spare him and gives him instead a small, blank book, encouraging him to confine his thoughts to it alone. Thus begins the seamless blend of fact and fiction that is Samarkand. Vividly re-creating the history of the manuscript of the Rubaiyaat of Omar Khayyam, Amin Maalouf spans continents and centuries with breathtaking vision: the dusky exoticism of 11th-century Persia, with its poetesses and assassins; the same country's struggles nine hundred years later, seen through the eyes of an American academic obsessed with finding the original manuscript; and the fated maiden voyage of the Titanic, whose tragedy led to the Rubaiyaat's final resting place - all are brought to life with keen assurance by this gifted and award-winning writer.

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Samarcande, c’est la Perse d’Omar Khayyam, poète du vin, libre penseur, astronome de génie, mais aussi celle de Hassan Sabbah, fondateur de l’ordre des Assassins, la secte la plus redoutable de l’Histoire.
Samarcande, c’est l’Orient du XIXe siècle et du début du XXe, le voyage dans un univers où les rêves de liberté ont toujours su défier les fanatismes.
Samarcande, c’est l’aventure d’un manuscrit né au XIe siècle, égaré lors des invasions mongoles et retrouvé six siècles plus tard.

Une fois encore, nous conduisant sur la route de la soie à travers les plus envoûtantes cités d’Asie, Amin Maalouf nous ravit par son extraordinaire talent de conteur.
A la suite d’Edgar Allan Poe, il nous dit : « Et maintenant, promène ton regard sur Samarcande ! N’est-elle pas reine de la terre , Fière, au-dessus de toutes les villes, et dans ses mains leurs destinées ? »
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