The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Orientalist Part history, part cultural biography, and part literary mystery, "The Orientalist" traces the life of Lev Nussimbaum, a Jew who transformed himself into a Muslim prince and became a bestselling author in Nazi Germany.
- Published: 14 March 2006
- Format: Paperback 447 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780812972764 ISBN 10: 0812972767
- Sales rank: 150,844
Full description for The Orientalist
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.