The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life
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.
Publish date: March 14th 2006
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pages no: 496
Edition language: English
, Biography Memoir
, World War II
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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...
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...
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...
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...