Balthasar's Odyssey by Amin Maalouf
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There are ninety-nine names for God in the Koran, is it possible that there is a secret one-hundredth name?



In this tale of magic and mystery, of love and danger, Balthasar's ultimate quest is to find the secret that could save the world.



Before the dawn of the apocalyptic 'Year of the Beast' in 1666, Balthasar Embriaco, a Genoese Levantine merchant, sets out on an adventure that will take him across the breadth of the civilised world, from Constantinople, through the Mediterranean, to London shortly before the Great Fire.



Balthasar's urgent quest is to track down a copy of one of the rarest and most coveted books ever printed, a volume called 'The Hundredth Name', its contents are thought to be of vital importance to the future of the world. There are ninety-nine names for God in the Koran, and merely to know this most secret hundredth name will, Balthasar believes, ensure his salvation.

 

About Amin Maalouf

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Amin Maalouf was born in Beirut to a Christian family. He worked as an international reporter before the Lebanese civil war broke out in 1975 and he relocated to Paris. Maalouf's novels and book-length essays have been translated into nearly forty languages, and he has also written four opera librettos. His awards include the Prix Goncourt for his 1993 novel The Rock of Tanios and Spain's Prince of Asturias Award for Literature in 2010.
 
Published December 31, 2011 by Vintage Digital. 412 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A clever picaresque from Maalouf (In the Name of Identity, 2001, etc.) takes us from the Middle East across all of Europe in search of an enchanted book.

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Balthasar sets out on a long journey with his two nephews - the scholarly Jaber who revels in arcane literature "as if in the most delicious sweetmeats" and the womanising Habib - and the "pert" and "wilful" Marta.

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Maalouf (In the Name of Identity, etc.) takes his readers on a long, meandering literary journey in his latest historical novel, which revolves around the quest t

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By terms foolish, rash, compassionate and capricious, Balthasar proves himself to be an entertaining companion as we become witness to the life of the C17th, from the Janissaries of the corrupt Turkish administration of Constantinople to the Great Fire of London, via a variety of ships, caravans ...

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