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Leo Africanus

Author: Amin Maalouf
Publisher: Chicago, IL : New Amsterdam, 1992, ©1986.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Overview: "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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Biographical fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Maalouf, Amin.
Leo Africanus.
New York : New Amsterdam, 1992
(OCoLC)643837146
Named Person: Leo, Africanus; Leo, Africanus
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Amin Maalouf
ISBN: 9781561310227 1561310220
OCLC Number: 24502286
Language Note: In English; translated from French.
Notes: Translation of: Léon, l'Africain.
Description: 360 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Book Of Granada --
Year of Salma al-Hurra --
Year of the Amulets --
Year of Astaghfirullah --
Year of the Fall --
Year of Mihrajan --
Year of the Crossing --
Book Of Fez --
Year of the Hostelries --
Year of the Soothsayers --
Year of the Mourners --
Year of Harun the Ferret --
Year of the Inquisitors --
Year of the Hammam --
Year of the Raging Lions --
Year of the Great Recitation --
Year of the Stratagem --
Year of the Knotted Blade of Grass --
Year of the Caravan --
Year of Timbuktu --
Year of the Testament --
Year of the Maristan --
Year of the Bride --
Year of Fortune --
Year of the Two Palaces --
Year of the Lame Sharif --
Year of the Storm --
Book Of Cairo --
Year of the Noble Eye --
Year of the Circassian --
Year of the Rebels --
Year of the Grand Turk --
Year of Tumanbay --
Year of the Abduction --
Book Of Rome --
Year of San Angelo --
Year of the Heretics --
Year of the Conversa --
Year of Adrian --
Year of Sulaiman --
Year of Clemency --
Year of the King of France --
Year of the Black Bands --
Year of the Lansquenets.
Other Titles: Léon, l'Africain.
Responsibility: Amin Maalouf ; translated by Peter Sluglett.

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Overview: "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.

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