What a lovely surprise: there is actually a website for Amin Maalouf – a comment was left on one of my previous blogs, from workaholic to bookaholic, when I first started writing about Leo the African. I am halfway through the book now and it is wonderfully written. The fall of Granada, the move from Spain to north Africa, the melee of cultures and religions (Muslims, Christians and Jews all meet and fight/persecute). Not that different from today’s world, only different hierarchies and powerbases! Getting to know what happened during this time, the 15th and early 16thC in the Mediterranean world through the story of Hassan and what happens to him and his family is such a pleasure. Meanwhile Hasan has grown into a young man in Fez, met with the vicariousness of religious bigotry and the misfortune of his halfsister Mariam and is now about to go on his first long journey with his uncle.
I shall definitely get hold of some other books by Maalouf. His website, by the way, comes in various languages.