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

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Random House, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 447 pages
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A thrilling page-turner of epic proportions, Tom Reiss's panoramic bestseller tells the true story of a Jew who transformed himself into a Muslim prince in Nazi Germany. Lev Nussimbaum escaped the Russian Revolution in a camel caravan and, as “Essad Bey,” became a celebrated author with the enduring novel Ali and Nino as well as an adventurer, a real-life Indiana Jones with a fatal secret. Reiss pursued Lev's story across ten countries and found himself caught up in encounters as dramatic and surreal–and sometimes as heartbreaking–as his subject's life.

  

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Picked up this biography from my mother-in-law, but had to abandon it about 150 or so pages in. The fault likely lies more in my current interests than in the work, which reads well enough. I just ... Read full review

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Contents

Revolution
3
Wild Jews
30
The Way East 47
46
Escape
75
Constantinople 1921
105
Minarets ami Silk Stockings
123
The German Revolution
145
The Berlin Wall 169
187
A Tough Morsel for the Melting Pot 273
293
Positano
321
Notes 343
333
Baching into the Inferno 243
370
Selected Bibliography
384
Acknowledgments
413
Permissions Acknowledgments 415
417
Readers Guide
435

Weimar Media Star
203
Jewish Orientalism
227

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About the author (2006)

Tom Reiss has written about politics and culture for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. He lives with his wife and daughters in New York City.


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