Alamut by Vladimir Bartol First Published in: Reviewed by: Book Worm & Jen Find/Buy it here:Alamut Synopsis from Amazon: Alamut. Alamut, novel written by Slovenian writer Vladimir Bartol, published in The novel and its famed maxim—”Nothing is an absolute reality, all is permitted,”. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Alamut by Vladimir Bartol.

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This edition, translated by Michael Biggins, in the first-ever English translation. He was interested in many things: Following the attacks of September 11,the book once again took on a new life, selling more than 20, copies in a new Slovenian edition, and being translated around the world in more than 19 languages. The Alamut of the title is a remote fortress in 11th century Persia where a charismatic leader Hasan ibn Sabbah is training his own army of devoted Feyadeen young men who are willing to kill and die for him alone as they believe he has the keys to paradise with this army he plans to turn himself into the prophet al Mahdi and to gain control of the entire region in the name of his people the Ismaili.

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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. Sinfo – Slovenian Information.

Vladimir Bartol began his elementary and secondary schooling in Trieste and concluded it in Ljubljana. Thank You for Your Contribution! He was the master of thirty armed fortresses. He always described himself in his autobiographic short stories as an oversensitive and slightly odd child with rich fantasy.


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Based on the actual historical events, the story of Alamut is set in northern Persia today’s Iran in In his fortified castle – Eagle’s Nest – of Alamut, he teaches his faithful fedayeen blind obedience and trains them to become “live daggers” in order to fight a holy war against Seldjuk Turks that rule Iran. Moreover, some of the fedayin fall in love with hourisand Hassan unscrupulously uses that to his advantage. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

He was heavily censored in the Soviet era. At that moment he set a time limit of ten years to finish the novel – and he also did finish it exactly ten years later in Charles Dickens, English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian era. Bartol was an obsessively meticulous person, so it is no wonder that he thoroughly researched numerous historical sources, philosophical works, especially Niccolo Machiavelli’s Il Principe The Prince,and, of course, the Koran in order to write his novel.

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That said, this was a good read and I would recommend it to others. It’s a spectacular and convincing show Hasan and his bartoo including Halima pull off, and when the three who travelled to paradise wake up on earth again they’re convinced that all the stories of the rewards of paradise are true. The maxim of the novel is “Nothing is an absolute reality; all is permitted”. Shortly thereafter, he sends his kamikaze warriors off, drunk with ideology, to assassinate and massacre for the greater glory of their master.

He orders a pair of fedayin Yusuf and Suleiman to kill themselves; Suleiman by stabbing himself, Yusuf by jumping off a tower. Bartol took years to write this book and initially tried to dedicate the book to Benito Mussolini.


Alamut (The novel that inspired Assassin’s Creed)

Vladimir Bartol admitted that while writing the novel he had a feeling that he was creating it not only for his contemporaries but also for the readers that had lived fifty years ago, as well as for the readers that would live fifty years after. This contribution has not yet been formally edited by Britannica.

laamut This book was one of the inspirations for the video game series Assassin’s Creed. Vladimir Bartol, the Author of Alamut. Like us on Facebook. North Atlantic Books- Fiction – pages. Ensconced in the practically impregnable Alamut fortress, the Ismaili leader does not have great armies at his disposal — but he does have a plan.

Work His first short stories were published from to in literary magazines Ljubljanski zvon Ljubljana’s Bell abrtol Modra ptica Blue Bird and were a few years later gathered in a collection Al Arafsecond edition Notify me of new posts via email.

In less than a year’s time, the Seldjuk Empire is shattered into pieces. Hassan encloses himself in a tower, determined to work until the end of his days.

The work of Vladmir Bartol has finally received appropriate recognition at home and bartpl been included in Slovenian literary canon. Hasan’s plan seems to work, both convincing the lads and leading to the desired results of intimidating his enemiesbut it’s hard to pull off as comprehensively as he needs it to.

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The setting is enchanting and the narrative reads almost like a fairy tale, however this is a book with a purpose. His mother introduced her son to painting, and his father to biology.