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Blood and Oil in the Orient: My childhood in Baku and my hair-raising escape through the Caucasus

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An Autobiography like Something Out of the Arabian Nights In this lively and witty autobiography, Essad Bey, a.k.a. Lev Nussimbaum, tells us the story of his childhood in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, and of his flight from the Russian Revolution in 1917, which brought him first straight through the Caucasus, then to Istanbul - where this book concludes - and finally to ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published January 20th 2008 by Bridges Publishing (first published 1929)
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Marcel Lewicki
May 19, 2014 Marcel Lewicki rated it it was amazing
An amazing account of childhood and adolesence in multi-cultural Baku. The veracity especially of the story of his escape has been questioned -- the author was known as a bit of a con man in Berlin, after all --, which makes it an even more entertaining read. "Kurban Said" finally ended up in Positano, Italy, where his grave overlooks the Amalfi coast.
Catherine Cleeve
Jul 12, 2010 Catherine Cleeve rated it it was ok
Interesting, but not written in an engaging style. The story flowed, but narrative didn't - I found it hard to plough through.
Tim TERMAN
Nov 02, 2012 Tim TERMAN rated it it was amazing
This was a fine book from the early days of the oil boom in the Middle East. I believe it was a true story.
Tim
Feb 17, 2009 Tim rated it it was amazing
This was written back in another era and is one person's story of growing up the the Middle East oil boom.
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Lev Nussimbaum (1905 - 1942) was a prolific Jewish writer who reinvented himself as a Muslim under the pseudonyms Essad Bey and Kurban Said. Despite his being an ethnic Jew, his politics were such that, before his origins were discovered, the Nazi propaganda ministry included his works on their list of "excellent books for German minds".
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