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Blood and Oil in the Orient: My childhood in Baku and my hair-raising escape through the Caucasus
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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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.
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".More about Essad Bey...