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The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life

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Part history, part cultural biography, and part literary mystery, "The Orientalist" traces the life of Lev Nussimbaum, a Jew who transformed himself ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.500
Zeep

Central Asia of the Past

by Zeep on Apr 27, 2007

This is a book that hold your attention, and fills you in on missing parts of the history of Central Asia as lived by a mysterious Jewish writer pretending to be an Arab.

J450A

a far reaching history

by J450A on Apr 1, 2007

The Orientalist takes the reader on a historical journey from the shores of the Caspian with oil fires burning in the night and memories of Zoroaster through the Russian Revolution ending in Mussolini's Italy.I found it a fascinating way to learn about the history of the early 20th century with Lev Nussimbaum's life as the magic carpet that took me along.I highly recommended this book.

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