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Samarkand (Interlink World Fiction)

by Amin Maalouf

ISBN 1566562937 / 9781566562935 / 1-56656-293-7
Publisher Interlink Pub Group Inc
Language English
Edition Softcover
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Samarkand (French: Samarcande) is Urdu Translation of a 1988 historical fiction novel by the French-Lebanese writer Amin Maalouf. The novel received the Prix Maison de la Presse.
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 Khayym. It recounts the creation of his Rubaiyat throughout the history of the Seljuk Empire, his interactions with historical figures sich as Vizir Nizam al-Mulk and Hassan al-Sabbah of the order of the Assassins, and his love affair with a female poet of the Samarkand court. The second half of the story documents the efforts of a fictional American named Benjamin O. Lesage to obtain the (fictional) original copy of the Rubaiyat, witnessing Persian history throughout the Persian Constitutional Revolution of 1905-1907, only to lose this manuscript in the sinking of the RMS Titanic. [via]