Samarkand 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 Khayyám. 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 ...more
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 ...more
"Time ... has two dimensions, its length is measured by the rhythm of the sun but its depth by the rhythm of passion."
"...the qualities needed to govern are not those which are needed in order to accede to power. In ...more
The primary focus is Omar Khayyam and his book, the Rubaiyaat. Khayyam was a philosopher, poet, consultant to ...more
The first half of this book starts in 1072 and follows the famous poet and scientist Omar Khayyam (Ömer Hayyam in Turkish) as he travels and ...more
“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 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 ...more
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. 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 ...more
"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 etc.
Have you ever detests the 'x' of algebra during your math classes, well Omar Khayyam is the source of that ...more
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 ...more
Analogous to the Omar Khayyam he writes about, Maalouf is himself a great humanist. Maalouf's philosophical views are often present in his books and expressed via his main protagonist. His mastery of the French language and the poetic slant he adds to his writings make his books not only interesting but also extremely pleasant to read. His writing flows with grace and ...more
But seriously, students of Islamic history, especially those modern-day Hashishin, will want to read this book, both on its own merits, as well as a decompression from all of those heady, repetitive history books. Take a break, let your mind wander around in this place for a while...
I have had to distance myself from people in order to hear the voice of my memory, to nurture a naive hope and insistent vision
I 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
We live in the age of the secret and of fear
You must have two faces
Show one to the crowd, and keep the other for ...more
The novel is divided into two parts:
1- The story happened in the 11th century and which tells the era of Nizam Al-Mulk and the everyday life of Omar Al-Khayam(the poet).
2- The second is in 19 century where Benjamin O. Lesage (a passionate about quatrains of Omar AL Khayam) who tells us his quest
This 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 astrologer/astronomer, philosopher, ...more
"I despise the zeal of the devout, but
And now this great story. The first two part about the creation of the book and it's incredible travels are wonderful. Not only to know what happened to the book, but also to learn about Persia ...more
Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group (September 1, 2003)
The story of Samarkand is very long, not by the count of pages, but by the extent of time in history that it takes us through. Obviously, as the name suggests, it's the story of 'the philosopher of the world' and a great poet from the East, Omar Khayyam. The book is written in four parts, as it takes us through many emotional moments in the saga of Persian ...more
Thus, I was more than interested in a book about Khayyam, one of the luminaries of his generation. And that part was great - the three main characters, the history, the politics, the vivid descriptions of life and belief. I couldn't ask more from a book about this ...more
khayam poems ,, assassins plots ,,religious retuals ,political situation and the monarch and other upheavals,all depict small part of the persian ancient life's.
Maalouf excell on novelising historical events into an integrated ,charming fiction.
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Most of Maalouf's books have a historical setting, and like Umberto Eco, Orhan Pamuk, and Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Maalouf mixes fascinating historical facts with fantasy and philosophical ideas. In an interview Maalouf has said that his role as a writer ...more