North Atlantic Books, 18 Ara 2012 - 400 sayfa
Alamut takes place in 11th Century Persia, in the fortress of Alamut, where self-proclaimed prophet Hasan ibn Sabbah is setting up his mad but brilliant plan to rule the region with a handful of elite fighters who are to become his "living daggers." By creating a virtual paradise at Alamut, filled with beautiful women, lush gardens, wine and hashish, Sabbah is able to convince his young fighters that they can reach paradise if they follow his commands. With parallels to Osama bin Laden, Alamut tells the story of how Sabbah was able to instill fear into the ruling class by creating a small army of devotees who were willing to kill, and be killed, in order to achieve paradise. Believing in the supreme Ismaili motto “Nothing is true, everything is permitted,” Sabbah wanted to “experiment” with how far he could manipulate religious devotion for his own political gain through appealing to what he called the stupidity and gullibility of people and their passion for pleasure and selfish desires.
The novel focuses on Sabbah as he unveils his plan to his inner circle, and on two of his young followers — the beautiful slave girl Halima, who has come to Alamut to join Sabbah's paradise on earth, and young ibn Tahir, Sabbah's most gifted fighter. As both Halima and ibn Tahir become disillusioned with Sabbah's vision, their lives take unexpected turns.
Alamut was originally written in 1938 as an allegory to Mussolini's fascist state. In the 1960's it became a cult favorite throughout Tito's Yugoslavia, and in the 1990s, during the Balkan's War, it was read as an allegory of the region's strife and became a bestseller in Germany, France and Spain. Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, the book once again took on a new life, selling more than 20,000 copies in a new Slovenian edition, and being translated around the world in more than 19 languages. This edition, translated by Michael Biggins, in the first-ever English translation.
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Abdul Malik Abu Soraka Abul Fazel afraid Alamut Allah Apama arms army asked Baghdad Bartol began believe Buzurg Ummid caliph castle death didn‘t don‘t dream emir enemy eunuchs everything exclaimed eyes face faith Fatima fedayeen feel felt ﬁnally ﬁnd ﬁnished ﬁrst ﬂag fortress friends gardens gates to paradise gave girls going grand dais grand vizier grandson of Tahir guard Halef Halima hand Hasan he‘s head heard heart horse Hosein ibn Sabbah ibn Tahir ibn Vakas Iran Isfahan Jafar Khuzestan knew Koran laughed listened llasan looked lsmaili Manuchehr master messenger Miriam Mohammed Naim night Nizam al-Mulk novices Obeida once paradise pillows Prophet Qazvin replied Rudbar Sara Sayyiduna sleep smiled soldiers stood strange suddenly Suleiman sultan supreme commander tell things thought told took tower Turks turned voice waiting whispered wine youth Yusuf Zainab Zuleika