Cribed by none other than Omar Khayyam himself Strangely enough this artificial device actually worksMaalouf is currently on the sidelines observing the civil war in Syria between ISIS and the Ba ath device actually worksMaalouf is currently on the sidelines observing the civil war in Syria between ISIS and the Ba ath actually worksMaalouf is currently on the sidelines observing the civil war in Syria between ISIS and the Ba ath screaming a Curse on both your houses If you read his novel you will understand why he feels the way he does 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 WorldI 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 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 LesageAmin Maalouf said about his work as a novelist that he tried to build positive myths That describes Samarkand so wellIn 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 treasureLike Vartan the Armenian who annoted Omar s poems Amin Maalouf imagined a biography as if the uatrains
Had Revealed A Secret revealed a secret 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 AssassinsThe history begins when Omar Khayyam polymath mathematician philosopher astronomer and poet appears before a udge 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 WestI wasn t so much enthralled by the fiction as deeply interested in the underlying essay and delighted to stop once in a while ust to take the time to savour Omar Khayyam s uatrains 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 uote comes from I wrote down 12 uotes 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 26Time has two dimensions its length is measured by the rhythm of the sun but its depth by the rhythm of passionp 81the ualities 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 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 witnessin. 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.
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For The First Half Ofthe first half of book 3 stars for the second halfThis my second novel by Maalouf and I have to say that I liked The Rock of Tanios better With Samarkand I felt like I was reading two different novels It was divided into four books the first two of which were a fictional life of the 11th century Persian poet Omar Khayyam narrated in the third person It was fascinating as I had no idea he was an astrologerastronomer philosopher and scientist as well as a poet I loved the description of places foods customs clothing and politics The last two books were a first person narrative told from the point of view of Benjamin Lesage a late 19th century Omar Khayyam enthusiast who makes several trips to Persia in search of the original manuscript of khayyam s the the original manuscript of Khayyam s The which also contains in the margins a life of Khayyam and a description of the political situation during his time Apparently verses were written after his death and wrongly attributed to him In the course of searching for this book to determine which were the verses truly written by Khayyam Lesage becomes involved in local politics and Persia s fight for a democratic government and a break from British and Russian domination Maalouf certainly does his research as I learned than I wanted to know about how PersiaIran came to be the way it is today An introduction of sorts provides the reason for the two separate narratives It is revealed that the only original manuscript of Omar Khayyam s The Rubaiyat went down with the Titanic The first narrative of Khayyam s life explains how The Rubaiyat came to be written The second narrative set in the 19th century explains what happened to the manuscript after Khayyam died and how it ended up on the Titanic I think the second narrative is written in the first person in order to draw the reader in to a story that might otherwise be boring with its emphasis on politics The novel certainly had an interesting structure but it made story seem a bit disjointed The switch from the 11th 12th centuries to the late 19th was too abrupt While I zipped through the life of Khayyam I labored through the second half Nevertheless I do have to recommend the book especially if you re interested in Khayyam or the history of PersiaIran Now I ll have to pick up my copy of The Rubaiyat again 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 me Among other things this book has among its motifs Omar Khayyam Hassan i Sabbah Persian liberation efforts at the beginning of 20th century Titanic Mongols etcHave you ever detests the x of algebra during your math classes well Omar Khayyam is the source of that x to 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 unknown He 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 blockuote I am not one of those for whom faith is simply fear of udgement 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 paradise The 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 manuscriptSome uotesA ruler when announcing the end of rule of ultra religious Order of Assassins Since 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 there An admirable. 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 Women and Sustainable Agriculture: Interviews With 14 Agents of Change judge his alleged crimes Recognising genuis theudge decides to spare him and gives him instead a small blank book encouraging him to confine his thoughts to it alone Th. Example of political tolerance in Persia Taking refuge or taking Bast As The Persians Say Means Giving Oneself Over To as the Persians say means giving oneself over to 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 Suare if a fugitive clung to it the forces of order no longer had any right to lay hands on him And finally there is no other way to end a book on Omar except with one of his poems We are the pawns and Heaven is the player This is plain truth and not a mode of "SPEECH WE MOVE ABOUT THE CHESSBOARD "We move about the chessboard
The World Then Drop Into The Casketworld Then drop into the casket the void 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 Assassins and later about the Persian democratic struggle for a constitutional government I learned of this book through the MiddleEastNorthAfrica group here at Goodreads Otherwise I would have missed out on a very interesting and fascinating trip through medieval and late 19thearly 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 to modern 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 one of the best historical novel that i have readan extraordinary onei really admire itthe 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 waybefore reading this novel i only thought that Omar Khayyam was only a great persian poetand surprisingly i discovered he was philosopher and teacherAstronomer Mathematician and ALGEBRA LEADER and agreat scientist alot of historical information about Selju emperors Genghis Khan and the Mongol invasions that resulted in the destruction of cities like ReyBalkh and Merv and BAGHDADHassan Sabbah and his castle Alamut the misconception between the two terms Hashshashin and Assassinssoo many historical knowledge will make me pick many books to read about 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 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 Selju 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 unuestionably feel great sympathy for OmarAfter 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 uatrain trans. Us begins 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'.