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 is a novel written in French by Amin Maaloufdepicting the life of a historical Renaissance -era traveler, Leo Africanus. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Leo the African saw “cities die and empires perish” At 12, he still believed: By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.

It received high praise. Dad was right in the 70s. The book is based on life experiences which took Leo Africanus almost everywhere in the Islamic Mediterraneanfrom southern Morocco to Arabiaand across the Sahara. I am also called the Granadan, the Fassi, the Zayyati, but I come from no country, from no city, no tribe. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Michaelle Browers Snippet view – Leo’s travels among the Moslems, Christians and Jews in his time shed startling light on our present dilemmas.


It relates, poetically at times and often imaginatively, the story of those who did not make it mxalouf the New World. Upon closing it, it’s a shock to find yourself on a 21st-century kitchen chair.

Summer voyages: Leo the African by Amin Maalouf

Maalouf, and translator Peter Sluglett, convey culturally extravagant dialogue without a hint of cartoonishness. 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.

Inhis Muslim family flees the Inquisition in Granada — the coast a “thin streak of remorse behind us” — for Fez. Check out the top books of the year acricanus our page Lfo Books of Leo Africanus Amin Maalouf Limited preview – This novel explores confrontations between Islam and Christianity as well as the mutual influence that the two religions had on each other africanuus on the people they governed.

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As a poet and well-connected diplomat, he’s quickly elevated into the pope’s inner circle. He is variously a refugee, an emissary, a africanks, an exile, a lexicographer, a captive, rich, destitute, a Muslim and a Catholic.

His family fled the Inquisition and took him to the city of Fez, in North Africa.


It is written in the form of a memoir. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

And always, a realist. Since very little is actually known about his life, the africabus fills in the historical episodes, placing Leo in the company of many of the key historical figures of his time, including three popesLeo XAdrian VIand Pope Clement VIItwo Ottoman emperors Selim I and Suleiman the Magnificentwith appearances by Boabdil the last Moorish king of Granada africwnus, Askia Mohammad I of the Songhai EmpireFerdinand of Spain, and Francis I of France, mzalouf well as the artist Raphael and other key political and cultural figures of the period.

Perhaps he would allow that we can gain insight. The final journey is the reader’s. While in Rome, he wrote the first trilingual afriacnus Latin, Arabic and Hebrewas well as his celebrated Description of Africa, for which he is still remembered as Leo Africanus. But war is brewing, and Leo is lucky to be able to escape beseiged Rome and set sail back to Africa.

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