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Accused of mocking the inviolate codes of Islam- the Persian poet and sage Omar Khayyam fortuitously finds sympathy with the very man who is to judge his alleged crimes. Recognising genuis- the judge decides to spare him and gives him instead a small- blank book- encouraging him to confine his thoughts to it alone.Thus beginds the seamless blend of fact and fiction that is Samarkand. Vividly re-creating the history of the manuscript of the Rubaiyaat of Omar Khayyam- Amin Maalouf spans continents and centuries with breathtaking vision: the dusky exoticism of 11th-century Persia- with its poetesses and assassins; the same countrys struggles nine hundred years later- seen through the eyes of an American academic obsessed with finding the original manuscript ; and the fated maiden voyage of the Titanic- whose tragedy led to the Rubaiyaats final resting place - all are brought to life with keen assurance by this gifted and award-winning writer.... Please click here to ask a question
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