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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Meanwhile, the Seljuk army besieges Alamut. Ibn Tahir decides to return to Alamut and kill Hassan.

Halima also commits suicide when she learn she will never be with Suleiman whom she fell in love with. His sexual explicitness he was an avowed and outspoken homosexual and the…. One of them are undoubtedly the events of 11 September. In brief, Alamut is a quite faithful account of the beginning of Ismailis’ history inwho established a sect of Assassins led by Hassan Ibn Saba, and at the same time a vivid allusion to the a,amut of terrible dictators between the two wars.

When ibn Tahir returns, Hassan receives him and also reveals him his true motto: A Journey Through the Greatest Fictional Worlds Ever Createda book about imaginary dystopian societies being published by Hachette this November, I decided to write about the nightmarish, yet weirdly alluring fortress of Alamut.

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Ibn Tahir stabs the vizier, but, before he passes away, the vizier reveals the truth of Hassan’s deceptions to his murderer. AlamutAssassin’s CreedbookscultureradicalisationreadingSloveniatranslationVladimir Bartol 4 Comments.

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Hassan encloses himself in a tower, determined to work until the end of his days. Bartol followed Plato in the extensive use of dialogue and Edgar Allan Poe in narrative technique.

Please try again later. This page was last edited on 4 Decemberat He was interested in many things: Based on the actual historical events, the story of Alamut is set in northern Persia today’s Iran in Since he wrote for many newspapers and magazines, his texts are quite abundantly scattered around and a lot of them were only posthumously published as single pieces of literature; among them are collections of short stories and essays Demon And Eros and Between Idyll And Horrornovel Miracle in the Villagestory Don Lorenzo and autobiography Youth at St.

Cover of the English translation of the novel. In other news The novel is a sophisticated allusion to totalitarian regimes that emerged in Europe in ‘s.

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Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. By using this nofel, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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. The novel was not published in English until This book was one of the inspirations for the video game series Assassin’s Creed.


The Author of Alamut. Hassan Ibn Saba, known as the “old man of the mountain”, is a demonic and charismatic leader of Assassins, a Persian sect of Ismailis. Afterwards, Hassan orders ibn Tahir to go and kill the grand vizier of the Seljuk sultan Nizam al-Mulk. Some of the soldiers are captured and Hassan decides to demonstrate his power to them. They gladly fulfill their master’s order since they believe that they will soon rejoice with their beloved in heaven.

During their demanding alamur, 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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More info on Alamut from Powell’s Books. Yet Alamuthis masterpiece, is one of those rich works that acquires new meaning zlamut it journeys into its futurity: 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. Internet URLs are the best.

He was heavily censored in the Soviet era. Although only a few of his works are still read,…. Moreover, some of the fedayin fall in love with hourisand Hassan unscrupulously uses that to his advantage.

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