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Interested in participating in the Publishing Partner Program? Let us know. Alamut , novel written by Slovenian writer Vladimir Bartol, published in He was heavily censored in the Soviet era. Yet Alamut , his masterpiece, is one of those rich works that acquires new meaning as it journeys into its futurity: what was, in part, a satire on the rising fascist movements that would envelop its author only a year after publication has acquired new and deeper levels of meaning in the 21st century.
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Alamut is a novel by Vladimir Bartol , first published in in Slovenian , dealing with the story of Hassan-i Sabbah and the Hashshashin , and named after their Alamut fortress. Bartol first started to conceive the novel in the early s, when he lived in Paris. In the French capital, he met with the Slovene literary critic Josip Vidmar , who introduced him to the story of Hassan-i Sabbah. A further stimulation for the novel came from the assassination of Alexander I of Yugoslavia perpetrated by Croatian and Bulgarian radical nationalists, on the alleged commission of the Italian Fascist government. When it was originally published, the novel was sarcastically dedicated to Benito Mussolini. The maxim of the novel is "Nothing is an absolute reality; all is permitted".
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With parallels to Osama bin Laden, Alamut tells the story of how Sabbah was able to instill fear into the ruling class by creating a small army of devotees who were willing to kill, and be killed, in order to achieve paradise. Following the attacks of September 11, , the book once again took on a new life, selling more than 20, copies in a new Slovenian edition, and being translated around the world in more than 19 languages. This edition, translated by Michael Biggins, in the first-ever English translation. The Alamut of the title is a remote fortress in 11th century Persia where a charismatic leader Hasan ibn Sabbah is training his own army of devoted Feyadeen young men who are willing to kill and die for him alone as they believe he has the keys to paradise with this army he plans to turn himself into the prophet al Mahdi and to gain control of the entire region in the name of his people the Ismaili. The setting is enchanting and the narrative reads almost like a fairy tale, however this is a book with a purpose. It is a historically informative book explaining in simple terms the differences between the Sunni and Shiite Muslims without taking sides and without demonizing anyone. While it is clear Hasan is not a good man, the people who follow him are individuals with their own reasons, motivations and understanding.