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ختنت، أنا حسن بن محمد الوازن، يوحنا ليون دومديتشي، بيد مزين وعمدت بيد احد البابوات، وادعى اليوم الافريقي ولكنني لست من افريقية ولا من اوروبة ولا من بلاد العرب واعرف ايضا بالغرناطي والفاسي والزياتي، ولكنني لم اصدر عن اي بلد ولا عن اي مدينة، ولا عن اي قبيلة فانا ابن السبيل، وطني هو القافلة وحياتي هي اقل الرحلات توقعالقد عرف معصماي على التوالي دغدغات الحرير واهانات الصوف، ذهب ?. So good I changed my name by deed poll

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?امراء واغلال العبيد وازاحت اصابعي الاف الحجب ولونت شفتاي بحمرة الخجل آلاف العذارى، وشهدت عيناي احتضار مدن وفناء امبراطورياتولسوف تسمع في فمي العربية والتركية والقشتالية والبربرية والعبرية واللاتينية والعامية الايطالية لان جميع اللغات وكل الصلوات ملك يدي، ولكنني لا انتمي الى اي منها فانا لله وللتراب، واليهما راجع في يوم قريبوستبقى بعدي يا ولدي، وستحمل ذكراي، وستقرأ كتب?. Joannes Leo Africanus alias al Hasan ibn Muhammad al Wazzan al Fasi whew that name is longer than mine was a 16th century traveller diplomat and geographer whose works became uickly famous and for a long time were a source of information in Europe about the Islamic kingdoms to the East and Africa Both European and African Christian and Muslim Leo was a fascinating man with a fascinating life He s a subject not many have tackled before so full kudos to Amin Maalouf for taking it on Leo Africanus is written in four parts Granada Fez Cairo and Rome the four homes of Leo From his birth till the Sack of Rome covering a period of around 40 years Maalouf follows Leo from city to city country to country continent to continent It s a history rich narrative that really focuses on the tumultuous events of the 16th century than on Leo It s evocatively done and you get a very good sense of not just how these events panned out but also daily life in Muslim and Christian lands of the time Maalouf s research is extensive and he has a pretty good understanding of his historical subjects But as not much is known about Leo beyond what he himself had written in his works the author had to fill in the blanks He indulges in literary licence to a large extent while doing this The plot regarding his sister s ordeals appear to be all made up and serve as a way to express how certain things operated than to take forward Leo s story I haven t been able to find out that Harun Pasha existed at all There were many such instances in this book and they were designed to give a rounded understanding of life thenSo despite all the amazing things in this book it lacks one major component emotion Leo keeps travelling on and on and his relationships with places appear evocative than those with people around him The man runs through multiple wives moving from one to the other with remarkable ease Though the book is written as a note to his son Leo simply doesn t appear to have much of a relationship with his children either The part covering his childhood was better in this respect but as he grew up these relationships faded away from the pictureI think this might have worked so much better in a different format similar to Elena Ferrante s Neapolitan Novels With multiple books Leo might actually have got some character development and the missing pieces suitably filled Nevertheless this is a very good book and I would highly recommend it to anyone

Amin Maalouf Õ 5 Read

? وعندها سترى هذا المشهد ابوك في زي اهل نابولي على متن هذه السفينة التي تعيده الى الشاطئ الافريقي وهو منهمك في الكتابة وكأنه تاجر يعد لائحة حساباته في نهاية رحلة بحرية طويلةاليس هذا ما افعله تقريبا ماذا ربحت، ماذا خسرت، ماذا اقول للديان الاعظم؟ لقد اقرضني اربعين عاما بددتها في الاسفار، فعشت الحكمة في روما، والصبابة في القاهرة، والغم في فاس، وما زلت اعيش طهري وبراءتي في غرناط. Beautiful imaginative enjoyable to read


10 thoughts on “Léon l'Africain

  1. says:

    Check this out'Wherever you are some will want to ask uestions about your skin or your prayers Beware of gratifying their instincts

  2. says:

    Leo Africanus belongs to several very old traditions of storytelling It is epic heroic and joins a long line of contemporary political commentaries hidden beneath a thin veil of time and space It is a tale based on the life of what we’re almost sure is a real historical figure Leo Africanus or al Hassan ibn Muhammad al Wazan as his origi

  3. says:

    So good I changed my name by deed poll

  4. says:

    Leo Africanus is a wonderfully realized imaginary autobiography of one Hasan of Granada driven from Spain along with his family at the time of the Inuisition From there his life was to follow the edges of the Mediterranean in a tale that covers the years from his birth in 1488 through the end of his writing in 1527 He lands in Fez with his family travels to Timbuktu Tunis Constaninople and Cairo He is involved in educ

  5. says:

    Joannes Leo Africanus alias al Hasan ibn Muhammad al Wazzan al Fasi whew that name is longer than mine was a 16th century traveller diplomat and

  6. says:

    Although the premise of this book based on the travels of the actual Leo Africanus was what drew me to it it really suffered from a disjointed plot Leo's travels are what makes him uniue he is one of the few historical figures who demonstrated the blend of Muslim Jewish and Christian faiths around the fall of Granada Yet t

  7. says:

    Reading Amin Maalouf's book is a bit like viewing McArthur's Universal Corrective Map of the World In that map north is at the bottom and south at the top In addition Asia and the Pacific Ocean are in the center It's a jarring inversion of perspective In the world history class I took in college the key figures were Ferdinand and Isabella Charles V and Martin Luther The overarching theme was the rise of the nation stat

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    6 MAR 2016 Asma connected me to another book about Leo Many thanks Asma Trickster Travels SEP 2016 5 star fabulous Reading about Leo's adventures reminded me a bit of Walter Mitty could Leo really have been in all these places met all these people and experienced all he wrote about? Or perhaps he built upon other

  9. says:

    Beautiful imaginative enjoyable to read

  10. says:

    Overall this one was a good reading experience except for when Leo started to talk about his relationship with his lovers In different format of story telling what he was revealing probably acceptable but in this book the intended reader suppo