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- Description'We are, and always will be, wanderers who have lost their way ...' When a trunk of family letters gives Amin Maalouf the opportunity to trace his past, he finds himself - having never before asked questions - transfixed by the stories of his ancestors. Starting in the mountains of Leban and taking him across the sea to Havana, his history is one of restlessness and exile: of the search for identity, of dramatic emigrations, and of revolutions espoused in the dying years of the Ottoman Empire and beyond. The result is an exquisite memoir, a book that finds drama in the most personal of tales, pathos in the grandest of gestures, and an understanding that the most madic of families can also epitomize home. 'Origins is many things: an introduction to Leban's complex history, the end of Ottoman Empire through Arab eyes, and an intimate account of diasporic identity. Exquisitely tempered' Independent 'Maalouf's far-seeing and hospitable worldview is presided over, like that of his grandfather, by the angel of reason , and in Origins he tells a story he has painstakingly salvaged just in time' Daily Telegraph 'Maalouf has a velist's ear for language and an historian's eye for detail: they have combined to create a masterpiece which can only help to further understanding of our complicated times' Tablet
- Author BiographyBorn in Lebanon in 1949 and now living in France, Amin Maalouf is the author of seven novels. His work has been translated in 37 languages.
- Author(s)Amin Maalouf
- PublisherPan Macmillan
- Date of Publication11/09/2014
- SubjectBiography: General
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Weight620 g
- Width153 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine30 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (UK)
- Edition StatementMain Market Ed.
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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