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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Some books stay with you. No doubt, many 21st-century readers in their turn will identify parallels with other forms of ideological coercion and control exerted over impressionable young people today.

A further stimulation for the novel came from the assassination of King Alexander I of Yugoslavia perpetrated by Croatian and Bulgarian radical nationalists, on the alleged commission of the Italian Fascist government. The dialogue tends to be stiff, the characters rather stereotyped.

Bartol was an obsessively meticulous person, so it is no wonder that he thoroughly researched numerous historical sources, philosophical works, especially Niccolo Machiavelli’s Il Principe The Prince,and, of course, aamut Koran in order to write his novel.

BurroughsAmerican writer of experimental novels that evoke, in deliberately erratic prose, xlamut nightmarish, sometimes wildly humorous world. From their perspective the fort is, at least at first, a place of intrigue and delight.

Fedai are expected to obey orders without any demurdeath being not an obstacle. Some of the soldiers are captured and Hassan decides to demonstrate his power to them. Keep Exploring Britannica 9138 Dickens. The maxim of the novel is “Nothing is an absolute reality; all is permitted”. This book was one of the inspirations for the video game series Assassin’s Creed.


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Discover some of the most interesting and trending topics of 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.

In less than a year’s time, the Seldjuk Empire is shattered into pieces. Another allamut compares the Hashshashin to modern-day terroristsparticularly islamists and Hassan-i Sabbah to their leaders.

By describing the destinies of international demonic and eccentric adventurers, he developed themes related to will, power and absurdity, with which he became a forerunner of existentialism in literature.

A second surprise came when I started to research the book. There are at least two reasons for it. During their demanding training, they come to be convinced that they shall go to heaven immediately after their death, if they die in the line of duty.

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Hassan Ibn Saba, known as the “old man of the mountain”, is a demonic and charismatic leader of Assassins, a Persian sect of Ismailis. During their demanding training, they come to be convinced that they shall go to heaven immediately after their death if they die in the line of duty.

Please try again later. Therefore, fedayin believe that Allah has given Hassan the power to send anybody to Heaven for a certain period. Cover of the English translation of the novel. Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. Alamut is a novel by Vladimir Bartolfirst published in in Sloveniandealing with the story of Hassan-i Sabbah and the Hashshashinand named after their Alamut fortress.


Ibn Tahir stabs the vizier, but, before he passes away, the vizier reveals the truth of Hassan’s deceptions to his murderer.

He graduated in and continued with his studies at Sorbonne in Paris – As its frighteningly persuasive ruler probes and manipulates the desires of the youths under his control, steeling them to fight to the death, we witness the mechanisms of radicalisation first hand.

Although only a few of alamuy works are still read,….

Usurping the world’s great religions and philosophies for his own gain, Hassan implants in his followers spiritual yearnings and delusions, manipulating them in order to carry out a plan of mass destruction.

Some of them were actually a preparation for his masterpiece, the novel Jovel.

When ibn Tahir returns, Hassan receives him and also reveals him his true motto: Charles Dickens, English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian era.

Another fedai kills the Seljuk Sultan and the Seljuk empire dissolves. Internet URLs are the best. In alsmut French capital, he met with the Slovene literary critic Josip Vidmarwho introduced him to the story of Hassan-i Sabbah.