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The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life - Tom Reiss
The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life
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A thrilling page-turner of epic proportions, Tom Reiss’s panoramic bestseller tells the true story of a Jew who transformed himself into a Muslim prince in Nazi Germany. Lev Nussimbaum escaped the Russian Revolution in a camel caravan and, as “Essad Bey,” became a celebrated author with the... show more
A thrilling page-turner of epic proportions, Tom Reiss’s panoramic bestseller tells the true story of a Jew who transformed himself into a Muslim prince in Nazi Germany. Lev Nussimbaum escaped the Russian Revolution in a camel caravan and, as “Essad Bey,” became a celebrated author with the enduring novel Ali and Nino as well as an adventurer, a real-life Indiana Jones with a fatal secret. Reiss pursued Lev’s story across ten countries and found himself caught up in encounters as dramatic and surreal–and sometimes as heartbreaking–as his subject’s life. 
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780812972764 (0812972767)
ASIN: 812972767
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pages no: 496
Edition language: English
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Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
4.0 The Orientalist
bookshelves: biography, nonfiction, winter-20122013, wwii, paper-read, dip-in-now-and-again, azerbaijan, adventure, history, jewish, slavic, anti-semitic, dodgy-narrator, wwi, teh-brillianz, italy, germany, france, spring-2013, austria, iran-persia Read from November 30, 2012 to March 27, 2013 D...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
4.0 The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life
Dedication:For Lolek,who showed me how to travel,and Julie,who keeps me from going too far.I wish they had met.Opening: On a cold morning in Vienna, I walked a maze of narrow streets on the way to see a man who promised to solve the mystery of Kurban Said.It's hard to warm to the chameleon, Lev, how...
Osho
Osho rated it
4.0 The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life
Rather than thinking of this as a biography, it may be more accurate to consider it a story of a man and his life in their historical context. I know that may not be a salient distinction for some, but I've read a good number of reviews that complain about the story being overly inclusive, padded, o...
Chrissie's Books
Chrissie's Books rated it
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Having recently completed Ali and Nino: A Love Story and having given it 5 stars, I wanted to know more about the author. The author Lev Nussimbaum, born a Jew, used the pen name Kurban Said. Actually both this book and The Girl from the Golden Horn were registered under the author Elfriede Ehrenfel...
Merle
Merle rated it
Part biography, part history. I enjoyed it at first and felt like I was learning a fair bit. Then the chapter on Weimar Germany happened and for me it never really got better--possibly just because life intervened and I wanted to get done with the book already, which is never the best mood for readi...
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