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

Hassan al-Wazza, born in Grenada inwas a small child when the city fell africanud the Christians and he and his Muslim family fled to Fez. While filled with biographical hypotheses and historical speculations, the book offers a vivid description of the Renaissance world, with the decline of the traditional Muslim kingdoms and the hope inspired by the Ottoman Empire, as it grew to threaten Europe and restore Muslim unity.

From inside the book. The book is based on life experiences which took Leo Africanus almost everywhere in the Islamic Mediterraneanfrom southern Morocco to Arabiaand across the Sahara.

From then, history keeps happening to him and he africsnus lets it. 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.


Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Views Read Edit View history. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. It is written in the form of a memoir. Historical fiction full of adventure, giving a vivid picture of the Mediterranean from Granada to Constantinople to Rome from to Leo the African saw “cities die and empires perish” At 12, he still believed: Africa’s Legacies of Urbanization: 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.

Truth can sometimes be found in fiction. This novel explores confrontations between Islam and Christianity as well as the mutual influence that the two religions had on each other and on the people they governed. If I had put down that bloody book and looked out of the bloody window, I probably would have seen sights less familiar to me than Malory Towers. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Leo Africanus Amin Maalouf Snippet view – Maalouf’s achievement is that he conveys al-Wazzan both as an everyman and an extraordinary man.


Articles needing additional references from August All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Leo Africanus is a novel written in French by Amin Maaloufdepicting the life of a historical Renaissance -era traveler, Leo Africanus. The Year of the Amulets.


I am also called the Granadan, the Fassi, the Zayyati, but Whoever takes my mother becomes my step-father. Amni 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. Perhaps he would allow that we can africanjs insight.

The final journey is the reader’s.

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There was a problem adding your email address. First paperback edition cover. His family fled the Inquisition and took him to the city of Fez, in North Africa. The details — Nabokov’s “subliminal coordinates” — reveal truths about real-life expediency.

For all the buckles that get swashed in Leo the African, this is a book of understanding.