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

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

by Tom Reiss

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 286 PAGES

Tom Reiss brings to life the remarkable figure of Lev Nussimbaum in this enthralling biography. Born in Baku in 1905, Nussumbaum reinvented himself as Kurban Said. A fabulist, interpreter of cultures, novelist and rogue, Said was an enigmatic figure. A storyteller of the first order, Reiss weaves much information about oil-rich Azerbaijan, and the cultures and religions in the Caucasus in this wonderful tale.  (CCS27, $17.00)


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