Accused of mocking the inviolate codes of Islam, the Persian poet and sage Omar Khayyam fortuitously finds sympathy with the very man who is to judge his alleged crimes. Recognising genuis, the judge decides to spare him and gives him instead a small, blank book, encouraging him to confine his... show more
Accused of mocking the inviolate codes of Islam, the Persian poet and sage Omar Khayyam fortuitously finds sympathy with the very man who is to judge his alleged crimes. Recognising genuis, the judge decides to spare him and gives him instead a small, blank book, encouraging him to confine his thoughts to it alone. Thus beginds the seamless blend of fact and fiction that is Samarkand. Vividly re-creating the history of the manuscript of the Rubaiyaat of Omar Khayyam, Amin Maalouf spans continents and centuries with breathtaking vision: the dusky exoticism of 11th-century Persia, with its poetesses and assassins; the same country's struggles nine hundred years later, seen through the eyes of an American academic obsessed with finding the original manuscript; and the fated maiden voyage of the Titanic, whose tragedy led to the Rubaiyaat's final resting place - all are brought to life with keen assurance by this gifted and award-winning writer.
Publish date: September 1st 2003
Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Historical Fiction
, French Literature
Wow. A sweeping story about the Rubaiyat, and Persian history. One of the best historical fictions I've read, it tells a rich history, complicated and personal as well as political. The first part of the story takes place around the year 1100, during the lifetime of Omar Khayyam, and tells of his...
As so many books before it, the end doomed the whole book. in this case, the last part, the modern part. I just found it really odd how he managed to match his visit on the brink of revolution or assasination & it just lost my trust to the story. Didn't even like his love story w/ princess. The Omma...
This went over my head. I did learn about the Sufi poet, sage, astronomer, mathematician, Omar Khayyam (1048-1131) of 11th century Persia and his famed Rubaiyaat, about life during the Seljuk empire before the Mongol invasion, about Nizam ul Mulk, Hassan Sabbah, the founder of the Order of the Ass...
“At the bottom of the Atlantic, there is a book. I am going to tell you its history. (…) Six years after the event, I am still obsessed by this object of flesh and ink, whose unworthy guardian I was“ - Benjamin Omar Lesage.Amin Maalouf said about his work as a novelist that he tried to build positiv...
حقيقة لا أعرف ماهو السبب الفعلي لهاتين النجمتين، ولكن ما أنا واثق منه أن هذه الرواية أضجرتني، وكنت كلما تشبثت ببداية أمل فيها ـ مع بداية كل فصل ـ تخيب كل آمالي دفعةً واحدة، ربما هو سقف التوقعات، ربما تشتت ذهني، ربما أشياء أخرى.. ولكن ما أنا متأكد منه أن الرواية لم تعجبني بل زادتني خنقًا .... حسنًا ...