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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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. 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 maalouc.

While in Rome, keo 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. Show 25 25 50 All. The novel has good empathy with a man out of his original place, coping with a dangerous environment. The book is based on life experiences which took Leo Africanus almost everywhere in the Islamic Mediterraneanfrom southern Morocco to Arabiaand across the Sahara.

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His family fled the Inquisition and took him to the city of Fez, in Amim Africa. Leo was a real person, and a considerable geographer, who was a afridanus trove of information about Northern Africa to the renaissance. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. He is variously a refugee, an emissary, a scholar, an exile, a lexicographer, a captive, rich, destitute, a Muslim and a Catholic.


I am the son of the road, my country is the caravan, my life the most unexpected of voyages.

Summer voyages: Leo the African by Amin Maalouf

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. Upon closing it, it’s a shock to find yourself on a 21st-century kitchen chair. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Peter Slugett made a pretty good translation of adricanus novel.

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. The Year of the Fall.

Articles needing additional references from August All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata. Review quote Leo Africanus is a beautiful book of tales about people who are forced to accept choices made for them by someone else It received high praise.

Topics Books Summer voyages. 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.



For all the buckles that get swashed in Leo the African, this is a book of understanding. Leo’s travels among the Moslems, Christians and Jews in his time shed startling light on our present dilemmas.

maqlouf Nothing outside any window could be more thrilling than the sights shown by Hasan al-Wazzan, the 16th-century traveller whose “country is the caravan”.

Maalouf’s al-Wazzan is less passionate than the reader about his remarkable life. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

Maakouf would be wrong today, no matter where we were going, aficanus the book were Leo the African. 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. His wanderings take him — “lightly dressed with arms swinging” — through Timbuktu, Cairo, Constantinople and Rome.

Leo The African was “from no country, from no city, no tribe”. GranadaFez mqalouf, Cairoand Rome. There was a problem adding your email address.

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