Alamut takes place in 11th Century Persia, in the fortress of Alamut, where self-proclaimed prophet Hasan ibn Sabbah is setting up his mad but brilliant. Alamut is a novel by Vladimir Bartol, first published in in Slovenian, dealing with the story of Hassan-i Sabbah and the Hashshashin, and. Alamut takes place in 11th Century Persia, in the fortress of Alamut, where self-proclaimed prophet Hasan ibn Sabbah is setting up his mad but brilliant plan to.
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Meanwhile, the Seljuk army besieges Alamut. Some of the soldiers are captured and Hassan decides to demonstrate his power to them.
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I really enjoyed this book for a variety of reasons. I found the storytelling compelling and it drew me in immediately.
The style seems similar to that found in fantasy novels but the amount of historical detail and research pulls it out of the realm of fantasy into social commentary and historical fiction. Ensconced in the practically impregnable Alamut fortress, the Ismaili leader does not have great armies at his disposal -- but he alamut vladimir bartol have a plan.
Alamut by Vladimir Bartol |
The novel begins by focussing on two young individuals who are among the many cogs in Hasan's plan. Halima is a young girl who had been sold off alamut vladimir bartol distant Bukhara and has now been transported to Alamut, not knowing what awaits her.
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Even leopards and gazelles frolic together But the girls aren't sure what they're being groomed for. With parallels to Osama bin Laden, Alamut alamut vladimir bartol the story of how Sabbah was able to instill fear into the ruling class by creating a small army of devotees who were willing to kill, and be killed, in order to achieve paradise.
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The whole, despite the occasional longeur, still has the power to shock, to move, and to provoke.