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The Orientalist
Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life
Written by Tom Reiss

The Orientalist
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Category: Biography & Autobiography; History; History - Modern - 20th Century
Imprint: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: March 2006
Price: $17.00
Can. Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7276-4 (0-8129-7276-7)
Pages: 496
Also available as an eBook.



 
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.



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FINALIST 2006 - Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
TOM REISS has written about politics and culture for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. He lives with his wife and daughters in New York City.





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