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,”. The Author of Alamut Marking the anniversary of Vladimir Bartol ‘s birth, ” Alamut “, an internationally acclaimed novel by Slovenian author Vladimir Bartol .

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An early follower of Jung and Freud, and Slovenia’s first translator of Nietzsche, Bartol wanted to barrol psychology and literature with the story of the world’s first terrorist to tell the story of Mussolini. Bartol’s view of Mussolini was ambiguous; he originally wanted to barotl Alamut to the dictator, but was convinced otherwise by his publisher. Bartol spent nearly a decade wladimor Alamut, which was the first book of a projected trilogy. He went on to write several minor works, short stories and plays, but never wrote another novel.

He died in Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? 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.

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.

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 slamut to Alamut to join Sabbah’s paradise on earth, and young ibn Tahir, Sabbah’s most gifted fighter. As both Halima and ibn Wlarimir become disillusioned with Sabbah’s vision, their lives take unexpected turns. Alamut was originally written in as an allegory to Mussolini’s fascist state. In the ‘s it became a cult favorite throughout Tito’s Yugoslavia, and in the s, during the Balkan’s War, it was read as an allegory of the region’s strife and alamuut a bestseller in Germany, France and Spain.

Following the attacks of September 11,the book once again took on a new life, selling more than 20, copies in a wladimi Slovenian edition, and being translated around the world in more than 19 languages. This edition, translated by Michael Biggins, in the wladmiir English translation. Read more Read less. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. One of these items ships sooner than the other. Buy the selected items together This item: Ships from and sold by Amazon.

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Showing of 52 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. First and foremost, the philosophies driving this story’s themes are very powerful and profound. This book had me digging deep on my own outlook on things like self-purpose, the meaning of love, and the institution of religion. I don’t think the author had an agenda one way or the other about faith, in particular, but the dialogue is definitely meant to provoke and question.

The story is told in a weaved third-person, narrating many competing interests at once but without sacrificing heart for any character. The author certainly plays no favorites, and every character’s fate is held in equal suspense. While the antagonist is pretty clearly defined, he’s closer to an anti-hero than a villain. The setting is vivid and imaginative and almost blends fantasy with historical fiction, at times.

It’s clear the author did extensive research on life and political history of the time as is said in the Afterwordbut the author took some creative liberty to novelize a story and depict a grandiose world. For me, this was a story I couldn’t stop thinking about, and was faintly sad when it ended. I only wish there were more people to discuss it with, as it remains fairly obscure in the U.

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The translation sure leaves something to be desired. This historical novel launches our imagination into the historical castle of Alamut, captured by Hasan ibn-Sabah, presented against the background of the reign of Nizam-ul-Mulk as the vizier of the Seljug Empire.

Although the writer gives us brief third-person access to his characters, our first look into Alamut is initially seen through ibn-Tahir, the grandson of a famous poet and Halima, a maiden – both who are soon to be incorporated into a cunning plan that we are introduced to with suspenseful hiatuses.

All the newcomers into the ‘institution’ of Alamut are to leave their earlier lives behind and are systematically indoctrinated with Ismaili thought that they soon internalise. This thought cures many of their existential angst and as we see later, presents them with a vision to die or kill for.

To serve the guild is taken as a path to achieve transcendence.

Presented with the internal workings of Alamut, ibn-Sabah is shown to us as a God-like invisible mythological figure who best reminds us of Plato’s Philosopher-King. Almost as a field experiment for Plato, his institution has well-defined heirarchies with the future “Guardian” Feyedeen taken as initiates to be given instruction in algebra, Arabic grammar, philosophy and the military arts and amongst other subjects.

Sayyiduma’s Sabah’s title words and laws are binding and any dissent is to be met with death. Before he makes his physical appearance, the notion of unquestionable loyalty to Sayyiduma is presented as a thinking-tool to compare this notion with the rationally of staying loyal to a hidden divine entity such a God.


Even in his physical state, Sayyiduma is presented as a strangely composed and confident character, even while having to calculate infinite variables to make sure his plans come to fruition. But now I’m going to see what FAITH can accomplish” – ibn-Sabah The story however, is simply a backdrop or stage that is shown to give practical examples of larger philosophical theories and thought experiments.

Alamut (The novel that inspired Assassin’s Creed)

At every page, it is difficult to miss parallels with current events, and in this right the book is timeless in nature. Furthermore, we are confronted with ethical questions such as the bliss of ignorance, righteous deception, the morality of risking innocent lives for a a grandiose vision and uncountable others.

It doesn’t take long to realise that this book is a work of philosophical genius that manages to capture so many ideas in one simple story. Of course, as a work of fiction – there are large deviations from History.

But that shouldn’t bother anyone who takes alanut book as a work of philosophy more than a novel. Also, the poems in this book seem to be beautiful in their English translation. It entices me to learn Wpadimir and Farsi simply so I could capture the emotion of the poetry in its original and untampered form. A fan of Omar Khayyam’s works wouldn’t be disappointed either, as he is given a significant role in the novel as an old friend of Sayyiduma. Wladimig intriguing book that mixes Crusades-era Muslim history with surprisingly modern religious extremist ideology.

Not a dry book at all – the well-written characters and snowballing plot lines result in a satisfying read. I docked it a star for batol ridiculous young female characters who were rendered hopelessly wladimmir either by translation the original book was in Slovenianor by design.

I got this book because I read that it was part of the inspiration for the original Assassin’s Creed game. The slogan of the Ismaili leadership “Nothing is true; everything is permitted” is used in the game, and the book mentions Masyaf, a locale also in the game.

Other than those two wladkmir, the book and the game have nothing in common. The game even warps the slogan to a completely different meaning than that developed by the book. See all 52 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

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