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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The story commences with the journey of young ibn Tahir, who is, according alamjt his family’s wish, intending to join the Alamut garrison. From their perspective the fort is, at least at first, a place of intrigue and delight. Fedai are expected to obey orders without demur and forfeit their lives if necessary. Another fedai kills the Seljuk Sultan and the Seljuk empire dissolves.

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The novel is a sophisticated allusion to totalitarian regimes that emerged in Europe in ‘s. Although only a few of his works are still read,…. The story opens from the point of view of Halima who was purchased by Hassan to become a houri.

Moreover, some of the fedayin fall in love with hourisand Hassan unscrupulously uses that to his advantage. Though his story cannot be reduced to allegory, he clearly intended it as a caution against the use of deception and force to gain power.

They gladly fulfill their master’s order since they believe that they will soon rejoice with their beloved in heaven. When it was originally published, the novel was sarcastically dedicated to Benito Mussolini.

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Retrieved from ” https: Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. Cover of the English translation of the novel. He also wrote over literary, theatre and art reviews. Meanwhile, the Seljuk army besieges Alamut. Metas Rss feed Twitter. He was heavily censored in the Soviet era.


Fedai are expected to obey orders without any demurdeath being not an obstacle. There are at least two reasons for it. In less than a year’s time, the Seldjuk Empire is shattered into pieces.

More info Nonfiction about Hasan Sabbah and the hashishin: There, he is appointed to the squad of the most valiant soldiers, named the fedai.

He does this by showing it to us initially through the eyes of two newcomers, harem initiate Halima and aspiring warrior ibn Tahir.

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Hassan managed to achieve such level of obedience by deceiving his soldiers – he gave them drugs hashish to numb them and ordered afterwards that they be carried into the gardens behind the fortress, which were made into a simulacrum of heaven, including houris.

He always described himself in his autobiographic short stories as an oversensitive and slightly odd child with rich fantasy. Ultimately, this is a book about the power of stories to control and remake us. The novel is set in the 11th century at the fortress of Alamut Persian: Readers of Alamut may note that the young men who flocked to Hasan’s fortress were initially attracted not because of the Paradise fantasy, but because of their lust for revenge against an unjust ruler.

Alamut by Vladimir Bartol Reviewed by Margaret Donsbach Alamut is based on a tale from The Travels of Marco Polo about a Middle Eastern warlord who converted young men into fearless assassins by tricking them into believing he could transport them to Paradise. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles.

Alamut (Bartol novel) – The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia

On the special slovenia See Art and Popular Culture’s copyright notice. Therefore, fedai believe that Allah had given Hassan the power to send anybody into the Heaven for a certain period. Yet Alamuthis masterpiece, is one of those rich works that acquires new meaning as it journeys into its futurity: A further stimulation for the novel came from the assassination of King Alexander I of Yugoslavia perpetrated by Novep and Bulgarian radical nationalists, on the alleged commission of the Italian Fascist government.


He was interested in many things: Bartol first started to conceive the novel in the early s, when he lived in Paris. These articles have not yet undergone the rigorous in-house editing or fact-checking and styling process to which most Britannica articles are customarily subjected.

Yet there is much, much more to this novel than politics and religion. The novel was not published in English until The Author of Alamut. The novel is situated in the 11th century at the fortress of Alamut fortress of death “in arabic”which was seized by the leader of the IsmailisA,amut ibn Sabbah or Seiduna Our Lord.

Our editors will review what you’ve submitted, and if it meets our criteria, we’ll add it to the article. In 9138, he 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.

Alamut is a noel by Vladimir Bartolfirst published in in Slovenedealing with the story of Hassan-i Sabbah and the Hashshashinand named after their Alamut fortress. When I was invited to contribute to Almut Wonderlands: 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.