Alamut takes place in 11th Century Persia, in the fortress of Alamut, where story from which transforms itself into a nightmare novel of the new century. A review of the historical novel Alamut by Vladimir Bartol. Vladimir Bartol, a Slovenian, wrote the novel in during the rise of the totalitarian dictators Hitler. Alamut is a novel by Vladimir Bartol, first published in in Slovenian, dealing with the story of Hassan-i Sabbah and the Hashshashin, and.

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In the months that followed, however, I found the story surfacing again and alanut in my mind. He was interested in many things: Ibn Tahir stabs the vizier, but, before he passes away, the vizier reveals the truth of Hassan’s deceptions to his murderer.

Some of the soldiers are captured and Hassan decides to demonstrate his power to them. He orders one fedai to jump off of a tower; he fulfills his master’s order with a smile on his face, thinking that he will soon rejoice at his beloved in heaven. At the start of the story, he is gathering an army for the purpose of attacking the Seljuk Empirewhich has taken over possession of Iran.

Alamut (The novel that inspired Assassin’s Creed)

Bartol’s other works include drama Lopeztragicomedy Empedoklesand collection of short stories Trieste’s Humorous Sketches Bartol first started to conceive the novel in the early s, when he lived in Paris.

His first short stories were published from to in literary magazines Ljubljanski zvon Ljubljana’s Bell and Modra ptica Blue Bird and were a few years later gathered in a collection Al Arafsecond edition Fascismpolitical ideology and mass movement that dominated many parts of central, southern, and eastern Europe between and and that also had adherents in western Europe, the United States, South Africa, Japan, Latin America, and the Middle East.


The Author of Alamut. Then, he lets ibn Tahir go, to start a long journey around the world. He does this by showing it to us initially through the eyes of two newcomers, harem initiate Halima and aspiring warrior ibn Tahir.

Ibn Tahir akamut the vizier, but, before he passes away, the vizier reveals the truth of Hassan’s deceptions to his murderer. More recently it has been translated into HebrewHungarianFinnishTurkishMacedonianLithuanian and Bulgarian In it was translated into Hebrew and Hungarian He cunningly turns them into fanatics: Cover of the English translation of the novel.

Vladimir Bartol

The novel was not published in English until During their demanding training, they come to be convinced that they shall go to heaven immediately alamur their death, if they die in the line of duty. There, he is appointed to the squad of the most valiant soldiers, named the fedai.

Moreover, some of the fedayin fall in love with hourisand Hassan unscrupulously uses that to his advantage. His parents were extremely tolerant and broadly liberal and they offered their children extensive education.

By describing the destinies of international demonic alaumt eccentric adventurers, he developed themes related to will, power and absurdity, with which he became a forerunner of existentialism in literature. When it was originally published, the novel was sarcastically dedicated to Benito Mussolini. AlamutEnglish translation by Michael Biggins, Published by: More info on Alamut from Powell’s Books.

Meanwhile, the Seljuk army besieges Alamut. Articles such as this one were acquired and published with the primary aim nove expanding the information on Britannica. In his fortified castle – Eagle’s Nest – of Alamut, he teaches his faithful fedayeen blind obedience and trains them to become “live daggers” in order to fight a holy war against Seldjuk Turks that rule Iran. When ibn Tahir returns, Hassan receives him and also reveals him his true motto: The novel is set in the 11th century at the fortress of Alamut Persian: Hassan wants to take vengeance for al-Mulk’s treachery against him long ago.

It may have been one of Hasan’s men who assassinated the vizier Nizam al-Mulk in ; political assassinations were not uncommon in eleventh century Persia.


Vladimir Bartol went to school in Trieste and Ljubljana.

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He was heavily censored in the Soviet era. Charles Dickens, English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian bovel. He orders a pair of fedayin Yusuf and Suleiman to kill themselves; Suleiman by stabbing himself, Yusuf by jumping off a tower. So far, Alamut has been translated into over 20 languages. Inhe acquired the impregnable fortress of Alamut and used it as a base to revolt against the Seljuk Turks who had invaded Persia and installed themselves as rulers.

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alajut His own words are the best to explain the tremendous popularity of the novel: Interested in participating in the Publishing Partner Program? There was a problem with your submission. This book was one of the inspirations for the video game series Assassin’s Creed. Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions.

The story commences with the journey of young ibn Tahir, who is, according to his family’s wish, intending to join the Alamut garrison. The fight for the Seljuk throne begins. Contrary to prevailing social-realism in literature of that time, his prose contained psychological and philosophical elements. Radicalisation, we learn, is at its most terrifying when it wears a smiling face.

An English translation was first published in and a new French translation came out last year. The second reason for its popularity is the fact that Alamut is a highly readable novel with dramatic apamut which deals with eternal themes and can be read from different viewpoints: Ibn Tahir decides to return to Alamut and kill Hassan.