Alamut by Vladimir Bartol First Published in: Reviewed by: Book Worm & Jen Find/Buy it here:Alamut Synopsis from Amazon: Alamut. Alamut, novel written by Slovenian writer Vladimir Bartol, published in The novel and its famed maxim—”Nothing is an absolute reality, all is permitted,”. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Alamut by Vladimir Bartol.

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The buyer promised her previous master that she: The story commences with the journey of young ibn Tahir, who is, according to his family’s wish, intending to join the Alamut garrison.

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In a symposium about Bartol’s work was organised in Ljubljana; alxmut a fourth Slovenian edition of Alamut was published and widely praised by media and critics; Alamut became an obligatory reading for pupils in the final forms of secondary schools.

Alamut by Vladimir Bartol First Published in: Articles such as this one were acquired and published with the primary aim of expanding the information on Britannica. Halima is a young girl who had been sold off in distant Bukhara and has now been transported to Alamut, not knowing what awaits her.

Like us on Facebook. Hassan Ibn Saba, known as the “old man of the mountain”, is a demonic and charismatic leader of Assassins, a Persian sect of Ismailis. It’s a spectacular and convincing alwmut Hasan and his girls including Halima pull off, and when the three who travelled to paradise wake up on earth again they’re convinced that all the stories of the rewards of paradise are true.

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Alamut was originally written in as an allegory to Mussolini’s fascist state. Alamut Hartol of the English translation of the novel. The simple trickery — and, especially, the success of the desired effects — may seem exaggerated, but for the most part Bartol is a good judge or rather depicter of human character, and he presents an engaging cast of characters here.

The maxim of the novel is “Nothing is an absolute reality; all is permitted”.

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More recently it has been translated into HebrewHungarianFinnishTurkishMacedonianLithuanian and Bulgarian Retrieved from ” https: Sinfo – Slovenian Information. His own words are the best to explain the tremendous popularity of the novel: Hasan’s plan seems to work, both convincing the lads and leading to the desired results of intimidating his enemiesbut it’s hard to pull off as comprehensively as he needs it to.


The novel begins by focussing on two young individuals who are among the many cogs in Hasan’s plan. This story is of Alamut and Hasan ibn al-Sabbah is set in in Iran and is the story of Hasan and his rise to power and control through young men trained to be killers willing to risk their lives There was a problem with your submission.

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 period of terrible dictators between the two wars. Hassan wants to take revenge for al-Mulk’s treachery against him long ago.

He also presents readers with an interesting history of conflict between Shiites and Sunnis. Usurping the world’s great religions and philosophies for his own gain, Hassan implants in his followers spiritual yearnings and delusions, manipulating them in order to carry out a plan of mass destruction. Contrary alamuf prevailing social-realism in literature of that time, his prose contained psychological and philosophical elements.

The work of Vladmir Bartol has finally alamtu appropriate recognition at home and has been included in Slovenian literary canon. The idea is that he will convince his fedayeen to overcome any fear of death, and he proposes doing this by giving them a peek of what awaits them when they die a martyr’s death for the cause — a peek at paradise itself.

But he has grand ambitions: The story is told through the eyes alamuf 3 central characters: He could have easily have dedicated it to any modern day tyrant.

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.

I really enjoyed this book for a variety of reasons. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in batol, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. Alamut is a timeless sort of political allegory, as inand in when Bartol published it — and now — and almost every time between, the abuse of faith in all its variations, religious and otherwise and the ability to twist minds to obtain blind and literally thought-less obedience has been a popular technique.


Yet Alamuthis masterpiece, is one of those rich works that acquires new meaning as it journeys into its futurity: Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. But why does Alamut appeal to its readers so much that it became part of global pop culture?


The setting is enchanting and the narrative reads almost like a fairy tale, however this is a book with a purpose. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. But the girls aren’t sure what they’re being groomed for. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole.

Account Options Sign in. He always described himself in his autobiographic short stories as an oversensitive and slightly odd child with rich fantasy. At the start of the story, he is gathering an army for the purpose of attacking the Seljuk Empirewhich has taken over possession of Iran.

The fight for the Seljuk throne begins. That said, this was a good read and I would recommend it to others.

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You see, the difference between those of us who have seen through things and the vast masses stumbling through the dark is this: Shortly thereafter, he sends his kamikaze warriors off, drunk with ideology, to assassinate and massacre for the greater glory of their master.