"I, Hasan the son of Muhammad the weigh-master, I, Jean-Leon de Medici, circumcised at the hand of a barber and baptized at the hand of a pope, I am now called the African, but I am not from Africa, nor from Europe, nor from Arabia. I am also called the Granadan, the Fassi, the Zayyati, but I... show more
"I, Hasan the son of Muhammad the weigh-master, I, Jean-Leon de Medici, circumcised at the hand of a barber and baptized at the hand of a pope, I am now called the African, but I am not from Africa, nor from Europe, nor from Arabia. I am also called the Granadan, the Fassi, the Zayyati, but I come from no country, from no city, no tribe. I am the son of the road, my country is the caravan, my life the most unexpected of voyages." Thus wrote Leo Africanus, in his fortieth year, in this imaginary autobiography of the famous geographer, adventurer, and scholar Hasan al-Wazzan, who was born in Granada in 1488. His family fled the Inquisition and took him to the city of Fez, in North Africa. Hasan became an itinerant merchant, and made many journeys to the East, journeys rich in adventure and observation. He was captured by a Sicilian pirate and taken back to Rome as a gift to Pope Leo X, who baptized him Johannes Leo. While in Rome, he wrote the first trilingual dictionary (Latin, Arabic and Hebrew), as well as his celebrated Description of Africa, for which he is still remembered as Leo Africanus.
Publish date: March 25th 1998
Publisher: New Amsterdam Books
Pages no: 360
Edition language: English
هكذا كما قال أمين معلوف أنا دائماً أفعل، فعندما يلوّح لي ضيق عقول الناس والغربة الفكرية أقول لنفسي ارض الله واسعة ورحبة، فالأرض يداه و قلبه، ولا أتردد قط فى الابتعاد الى ما وراء جميع البحار، الى ما وراء جميع التخوم والمعتقدات والاوطان.. ومن خلال الكتب العظيمة كهذه الرواية أستطيع الإبتعاد بيُسر.. وال...
Yine annemin zorlaması. Aslında Şibumi, Parfümün Dansı gibi çok güzel kitaplara da beni yönlendirmiştir ama bazen beni en çekmeyecek kitapları da bulmuştur işte.
لذيذة هى الرواية لمن يأخذها على أنها فسحة أو رحلة للبلدان ..! و فى حسي هي إحدى وسائل الخداع و الكذب حين تنتهي من الرواية تجد نفسك تسأل : "هل هكذا تم تهجير المسلمين من الأندلس ..؟!! و كأنني أقرأ قصة رحلة سياحية ، لا قتل و حرق و لا تعذيب و محاكم تفتيش ..!ـصورة فجة للتسامح الكاذب الذى يريد أن يعيش الج...
It is based on the life of Hasan al-Wazzan, a sixteenth century traveller and writer. And he had quite a life too; he was born in Granada and witnessed the end of Muslim Spain, before also being present at the Ottoman seige of Cairo and the sacking of Rome. On the way he is captured by pirates, so...