Samarkand

Samarkand[Ebook] ➠ Samarkand Author Amin Maalouf – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Pornind de la un pretext literar manuscrisul Rubaiatelor lui Omar Khayyam, cunoscutul poet persan , Amin Maalouf reconstruie te, n Samarkand, un univers exotic de o frumuse e tulbur toare, populat cu Pornind de la un pretext literar manuscrisul Rubaiatelor lui Omar Khayyam, cunoscutul poet persan , Amin Maalouf reconstruie te, n Samarkand, un univers exotic de o frumuse e tulbur toare, populat cu personaje cobor te parc din O mie si una de nopti Omar Khayyam nsu i, o personalitate remarcabil a acelor timpuri, poet, matematician i astronom str lucit, vizirul Nizam al Mulk, ale c rui teorii politice anticipeaz Principele lui Machiavelli, i Hasan Sabbah, al c rui fanatism religios este egalat numai de nd rjirea cu care i conduce spre victorie grupul de asasini refugiat ntr o fort rea de pe culmile muntelui Alamut Aceast lume pierdut este readus la via cu aproape un mileniu mai t rziu, sub privirea unui cercet tor aflat n c utarea manuscrisului pierdut. Samarcande Samarchande SamarKand , Amin MaaloufSamarkand is a 1988 historical fiction novel by the French Lebanese writer Amin Maalouf The first half of the story is set in Persia present day Iran and Central Asia in the 11th century, and revolves around the scientist, philosopher, and poet Omar Khayy m It recounts the creation of his Rubaiyat throughout the history of the Seljuk Empire, his interactions with historical figures such as Vizir Nizam al Mulk and Hassan al Sabbah of the ord Samarcande Samarchande SamarKand , Amin MaaloufSamarkand is a 1988 historical fiction novel by the French Lebanese writer Amin Maalouf The first half of the story is set in Persia present day Iran and Central Asia in the 11th century, and revolves around the scientist, philosopher, and poet Omar Khayy m It recounts the creation of his Rubaiyat throughout the history of the Seljuk Empire, his interactions with historical figures such as Vizir Nizam al Mulk and Hassan al Sabbah of the order of the Assassins, and his love affair with a female poet of the Samarkand court The second half of the story documents the efforts of a fictional American named Benjamin O Lesage to obtain the fictional original copy of the Rubaiyat, witnessing Persian history throughout the Persian Constitutional Revolution of 1905 1907, only to lose this manuscript in the sinking of the RMS Titanic 2001 1379 563 9644072073 20 1374 422 9646555029 1381 356 9646631282 1381 411 9646631282 one of the best historical novel that i have read,an extraordinary one,i really admire it,,,,the passionate love story of Omar Khayyam and Jahan the poet at the court of Samarkand and this nine years love that end in the most tragic way.before reading this novel i only thought that Omar Khayyam was only a great persian poet,and surprisingly i discovered he was philosopher and teacher,Astronomer Mathematician and ALGEBRA LEADER and agreat scientist. alot of historical information about Sel one of the best historical novel that i have read,an extraordinary one,i really admire it,,,,the passionate love story of Omar Khayyam and Jahan the poet at the court of Samarkand and this nine years love that end in the most tragic way.before reading this novel i only thought that Omar Khayyam was only a great persian poet,and surprisingly i discovered he was philosopher and teacher,Astronomer Mathematician and ALGEBRA LEADER and agreat scientist. alot of historical information about Seljuq emperors ,Genghis Khan and the Mongol invasions that resulted in the destruction of cities like Rey,Balkh and Merv and BAGHDAD..Hassan Sabbah and his castle Alamut the misconception between the two terms Hashshashin and Assassins.soo many historical knowledge ,will make me pick many books to readabout all this stuffTHE debate about wether the Rub iy t was his or attributed to himif it was his ,was it symbolic for sufi teaching Shireen, the persian princess who cannot face life without the manuscript, deserts her American lover , and he keeps reading her letters to be sure that this love story has ever existed one day. I wrote down 12 quotes from this book when I read it back in 1999 clearly I loved it Of course, I am sure that a great deal of that love came from being in Central Asia at the time and having been to Samarkand It s a fictional story about the Rubiyaat and Omar Khayyamchokengtitiktitikchokeng 26 Time has two dimensions, its length is measured by the rhythm of the sun but its depth by the rhythm of passion p 81 the qualities needed to govern are not those which are needed in order to accede to power In I wrote down 12 quotes from this book when I read it back in 1999 clearly I loved it Of course, I am sure that a great deal of that love came from being in Central Asia at the time and having been to Samarkand It s a fictional story about the Rubiyaat and Omar Khayyamchokengtitiktitikchokeng 26 Time has two dimensions, its length is measured by the rhythm of the sun but its depth by the rhythm of passion p 81 the qualities needed to govern are not those which are needed in order to accede to power In order to run things smoothly, one must forget oneself and only be interested in others particularly the most unfortunate to get into power, one must be the greediest of men, think only of oneself and be ready to crush one s closest friends I, however, will not crush anyone p 108 In my opinion, any cause which involves killing no longer attracts me It becomes unattractive to me, it becomes sordid and debased, no matter how beautiful it may have been No cause can be just when it allies itself to death p 299 It was said that a half mad king had condemned Nasruddin Hodja to death for having stolen an ass Just as he was about to be led off for execution he exclaimed That beast is in reality my brother A magician made him look like that, but if he were entrusted to me for a year I would teach him to speak like us again Intrigued, the monarch made the accused repeat his promise before decreeing Very well But if within one year from today the ass does not speak, you will be executed As he went out, Nasruddin was accosted by his wife How can you make a promise like that You know very well that this ass will not speak Of course I know, replied Nasruddin, but during the year the king might die, the ass might or even I might I learned of this book through the MiddleEast NorthAfrica group here at Goodreads Otherwise I would have missed out on a very interesting and fascinating trip through medieval and late 19th early 20th century Persia or Iran Though this is historical fiction, I feel as if I have been given an introduction into the Iranian past, an introduction that helps to explain some of the present The primary focus is Omar Khayyam and his book, the Rubaiyaat Khayyam was a philosopher, poet, consultant to I learned of this book through the MiddleEast NorthAfrica group here at Goodreads Otherwise I would have missed out on a very interesting and fascinating trip through medieval and late 19th early 20th century Persia or Iran Though this is historical fiction, I feel as if I have been given an introduction into the Iranian past, an introduction that helps to explain some of the present The primary focus is Omar Khayyam and his book, the Rubaiyaat Khayyam was a philosopher, poet, consultant to leaders, astrologer, scientist of his day The first half of the book outlines his life, the politics of his time and some of his writings In the second half, we are transported tomodern times, to a Persia in a state of unrest, and to a search for the Rubaiyaat which has not been seen for centuries This book was originally written in French but I must agree with others who have praised the English translation It flows and draws the reader at least this reader in I read this for the first time three years ago at school, I read the Turkish translation since unfortunately I don t know French which this masterpiece is originally written in, and I fell in love Re reading it now I fell in love all over again What a privilege to be able to read such an amazing book, not once but twice, and in not one but two languages.The first half of this book starts in 1072 and follows the famous poet and scientist Omar Khayyam mer Hayyam in Turkish as he travels and w I read this for the first time three years ago at school, I read the Turkish translation since unfortunately I don t know French which this masterpiece is originally written in, and I fell in love Re reading it now I fell in love all over again What a privilege to be able to read such an amazing book, not once but twice, and in not one but two languages.The first half of this book starts in 1072 and follows the famous poet and scientist Omar Khayyam mer Hayyam in Turkish as he travels and writes and his extraordinary life He writes a manuscript filled with his poetry and ideas and his life story, we follow him through empires and royal courts, love and friendship When I read this for the first time I was studying ancient Turkish history so a lot of it was familiar, especially the people This book is the most spectacular, riveting history lesson you could wish for.The second half of the book centres on a man called Benjamin O Lesage, an American who is linked in many ways to Persia and Khayyam, who finds himself in the middle of Persia at the turn of the century and plays a role in events that will shape the nation we know as Iran it today I leaned so much from this book when I was 15 and I ve learned evennow I can t wait to keep revising this book for the rest of my life This is the first book I read that let me completely awe struck at the depth of storytelling Nothing I say can do justice to this book.I can t recommend it enough 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 wasBenjamin Omar Lesage.Amin Maalouf said about his work as a novelist that he tried to build positive myths That describes Samarkand so well In this book, he gave Omar Khayyam s Rubaiyat a long lost manuscript with Persia s history in its marge, found by his fictional narrator Benjamin O Lesage onAt 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 wasBenjamin Omar Lesage.Amin Maalouf said about his work as a novelist that he tried to build positive myths That describes Samarkand so well In this book, he gave Omar Khayyam s Rubaiyat a long lost manuscript with Persia s history in its marge, found by his fictional narrator Benjamin O Lesage only to be lost again and become a priceless sunken treasure.Like Vartan the Armenian who annoted Omar s poems, Amin Maalouf imagined a biography as if the quatrains had revealed a secret from now on known by him only and intertwined it with the fates of Nizam al Mulk, Order of the Kingdom and Hassan Sabbah , the Old Man of the Mountain who founded the order of the Assassins.The hi story begins when Omar Khayyam, polymath, mathematician, philosopher, astronomer and poet appears before a judge who not only releases him but gives him a manuscript to record his thoughts, to keep them secure and him safe until the world is ready to receive them It ends after the Persian Constitutional Revolution Samarkand is a novel but it is first and foremost a chronicle where the author reflects upon History, power, violence, identity, the relationship between East and West I wasn t so much enthralled by the fiction as deeply interested in the underlying essay and delighted to stop once in a while, just to take the time to savour Omar Khayyam s quatrains which are beyond rating for me Note I read Samarkan in its original French version but it is also available in an English edition, translated by Russell Harris It is where the quote comes from. 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 famedRubaiyaat, about life during the Seljuk empire before the Mongol invasion, about Nizam ul Mulk, Hassan Sabbah, the founder of the Order of the Assassins, and later about the Persian democratic struggle for a constitutional government That is why I am giving this book two stars I did learn something, but I also had to spend quite a bit of time 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 famedRubaiyaat, about life during the Seljuk empire before the Mongol invasion, about Nizam ul Mulk, Hassan Sabbah, the founder of the Order of the Assassins, and later about the Persian democratic struggle for a constitutional government That is why I am giving this book two stars I did learn something, but I also had to spend quite a bit of time searching on the net and in other literature I was so often confused.I did not enjoy the mix of fact and fiction The fictional parts felt unbelievable I didn t enjoy the language used it is wordy it is highbrow The story is told, rather than shown The love affairs did not move me I felt nothing for the characters No, I did not enjoy this book it was a chore I am the oddball out Perhaps you should go read somebody else s adulatory review The Red Violin meets Omar Khayyam on board the Titanic Well, OK, maybe my title is stretching things a little, but not by much This is a very original novel which risked getting out of control, but did not Only a very skilled writer could pull things together the way Amin Maalouf has done in SAMARKAND The title refers to the ancient Central Asian city, now in Uzbekistan, where the novel opens with Omar Khayyam, the renowned poet also mathematician and astrologer , receiving a large blank The Red Violin meets Omar Khayyam on board the Titanic Well, OK, maybe my title is stretching things a little, but not by much This is a very original novel which risked getting out of control, but did not Only a very skilled writer could pull things together the way Amin Maalouf has done in SAMARKAND The title refers to the ancient Central Asian city, now in Uzbekistan, where the novel opens with Omar Khayyam, the renowned poet also mathematician and astrologer , receiving a large blank volume from a high city official Omar spends his life filling it with verses and with his accumulated wisdom Others write his biography in the margins Like the violin in the movie The Red Violin , the book of Khayyam s work ties together an unlikely collection of characters to be found in Central Asia and Iran during the 11th and 12th centuries, as well as in late 19th and early 20th century Iran and Istanbul Americans play a prominent role There is romance, there is suspense and the Titanic is really in there I was surprised by the strong feeling of suspense my desire to know what happened because the main characters are not that well developed in a conventional literary sense, yet, as with the protagonists of legends and tales, we identify strongly with them The details of history of the earlier period are little known, but Maalouf takes the basic facts and turns them into a novel that recalls Persian miniatures Princes, ladies, assassins, and ministers prance across the pages, colorful, larger than life, always doomed Love, success, power, faith, and intrigue all destined to become dust in this magic shadow box of the World.I can t say that Maalouf s writing reminds me of anyone in particular This book is one of a kind It s an enjoyable, readable novel that I recommend to anyone who doesn t mind absorbing a lot of foreign names and new cultural concepts Omar Khayyam mourned his disciple with the same dignity, the same resignation and the same discreet agony as he had mourned other friends We were drinking the same wine, but they got drunk two or three rounds before meAmong other things, this book has among its motifs Omar Khayyam, Hassan i Sabbah, Persian liberation efforts at the beginning of 20th century, Titanic, Mongols etc.Have you ever detests the x of algebra during your math classes, well Omar Khayyam is the source of thaOmar Khayyam mourned his disciple with the same dignity, the same resignation and the same discreet agony as he had mourned other friends We were drinking the same wine, but they got drunk two or three rounds before meAmong other things, this book has among its motifs Omar Khayyam, Hassan i Sabbah, Persian liberation efforts at the beginning of 20th century, Titanic, Mongols etc.Have you ever detests the x of algebra during your math classes, well Omar Khayyam is the source of that xto represent the unknown in this treatise on algebra, Khayyam used the Arabic term shay, which means thing This word, spelled xay in Spanish scientific works, was gradually replaced by its first letter, x, which became the universal symbol for the unknownHe was a polymath a true polymath, not one of the modern day self claimed ones who learn basics of many fields without mastering any Omar wrote thesis in maths and astronomy and wrote incredible poems famous all over the world and that had a really strong influence on sufi poems even though he himself was far less submissive to God blockquoteI am not one of those for whom faith is simply fear of judgement How do I pray I study a rose, I count the stars, I marvel at the beauty of creation and how perfectly ordered it is, at man, the most beautiful work of the Creator, his brain thirsting for knowledge, his heart for love, and his senses, all his senses alert or gratified Hasan i Sabah is the one who started the order of assassins the expert murders from whose popularity the English words for assassination and assassin are driven and which also seem to hold genes for suicidal terrorist bombers How can precautions be taken against a man intent on dying All protection is based upon dissuasion, and we know that important personages are surrounded by an imposing guard whose role is to make any potential attacker fear inevitable death But what if the attacker is not afraid of dying, and has been convinced that martyrdom is a short cut to paradiseThe book deals with the fate of a book having the same name as the tile of the book Samarkand which is the only copy of the manuscript in which Omar wrote his poems the ones that are popular now only survive in memories of people, who had seen this manuscript.Some QuotesA ruler when announcing the end of rule of ultra religious Order of AssassinsSince we are now in Paradise and in permanent contact with the Creator, we no have any need to address Him at fixed times those who persist in making the five prayers show thereby how little they believe in the Resurrection Prayer has become an act of unbelief Cancer, cancer, cancer, he repeated as if in warning In the past doctors attributed illnesses to the conjunctions of the stars, but only cancer has kept its astrological name, in all languages The fear is still thereAn admirable example of political tolerance in PersiaTaking refuge, or taking bast as the Persians say, means giving oneself over to a strictly passive resistance in the shelter of a sanctuary of which there were several in the area of Teheran the mausoleum of Shah Adbul Azim, the royal stables, and the smallest bast of all, the wheeled cannon in Topkhane Square if a fugitive clung to it, the forces of order no longer had any right to lay hands on himAnd finally, there is no other way to end a book on Omar except with one of his poemsWe are the pawns, and Heaven is the player This is plain truth, and not a mode of speech We move about the chessboard of the world Then drop into the casket of the void Samarkand is a reflection on the role of Islam in the modern world written by a member of the Acad mie fran aise which is one of the great bastions of world civilization The author who believes that sex and literature are the only true good things in life believes that Islam is a positive force only on the rare occasions when it encourages both As he was writing, Maalouf was likely thinking of the civil war that was ongoing in his native Lebanon However, he chose to set his novel in Uzbekstan Samarkand is a reflection on the role of Islam in the modern world written by a member of the Acad mie fran aise which is one of the great bastions of world civilization The author who believes that sex and literature are the only true good things in life believes that Islam is a positive force only on the rare occasions when it encourages both As he was writing, Maalouf was likely thinking of the civil war that was ongoing in his native Lebanon However, he chose to set his novel in Uzbekstan roughly 3500 kilometres from Lebanon Maalouf begins with a biography of the 11th century Persian poet Omar Khayyam Omar Khayyam was a scientist and a teacher with two close friends, Nizam al Mulk a vizier of the Seljuq Empire and Hassan ibn al Sabbah, the founder of the Ismaeli sect of the assassins Omar is not attracted either to riches like Nizam al Mulk or to ascetic virtue like Hassan ibn al Sabbah Omar s only interests are women, alcohol and knowledge Unfortunately the activities of his two friends create considerable obstacles for Omar in his pursuit of happiness The modern reader will unquestionably feel great sympathy for Omar.After having spent the first half of the book examining political and cultural conflicts within the Muslim world, Maalouf turns his attention to the phenomenon of Western Imperialism in Islamic countries in the second half of the novel The case study he uses is the Iranian Constitutional Revolution of 1906 in which progressive liberals succeed in obtaining a constitutional monarchy In this section of this book, Maalouf shows the western powers supporting a corrupt regime to thwart the aims of the progressive liberals attmepting to modernize the country Between the first and second halves of the book, Maalouf manages to address all the issues currently raging on the topic of Islam and the West The problem is how to link the two halves in a coherent novel Maalouf s solution is to view the 1906 Constitutional Revolution through the eyes of an American visiting Iran in search of a Manuscript of the Quatrain transcribed by none other than Omar Khayyam himself Strangely enough this artificial device actually works.Maalouf is currently on the sidelines observing the civil war in Syria between ISIS and the Ba ath party screaming a Curse on both your houses If you read his novel, you will understand why he feels the way he does