The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life, Tom Reiss
  • List: $25.00  |  Sale: $17.50
    Club: $12.50
    • Facebook Share
    • Twitter Share
    • Pinterest Share

Details

The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life

Author: Tom Reiss

Narrator: Paul Michael

Unabridged: 15 hr 49 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Random House Audio

Published: 04/04/2017

Genre: Biography & Autobiography - Religious

Synopsis

Part history, part cultural biography, and part literary mystery, The Orientalist traces the life of Lev Nussimbaum, a Jew who transformed himself into a Muslim prince and became a best-selling author in Nazi Germany. 

Born in 1905 to a wealthy family in the oil-boom city of Baku, at the edge of the czarist empire, Lev escaped the Russian Revolution in a camel caravan.  He found refuge in Germany, where, writing under the names Essad Bey and Kurban Said, his remarkable books about Islam, desert adventures, and global revolution, became celebrated across fascist Europe.  His enduring masterpiece, Ali and Nino–a story of love across ethnic and religious boundaries, published on the eve of the Holocaust–is still in print today.

But Lev’s life grew wilder than his wildest stories.  He married an international heiress who had no idea of his true identity–until she divorced him in a tabloid scandal.  His closest friend in New York, George Sylvester Viereck–also a friend of both Freud’s and Einstein’s–was arrested as the leading Nazi agent in the United States.  Lev was invited to be Mussolini’s official biographer–until the Fascists discovered his “true” identity.  Under house arrest in the Amalfi cliff town of Positano, Lev wrote his last book–discovered in a half a dozen notebooks never before read by anyone–helped by a mysterious half-German salon hostess, an Algerian weapons-smuggler, and the poet Ezra Pound. 

Tom Reiss spent five years tracking down secret police records, love letters, diaries, and the deathbed notebooks.  Beginning with a yearlong investigation for The New Yorker, he 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.  Reiss’s quest for the truth buffets him from one weird character to the next: from the last heir of the Ottoman throne to a rock opera-composing baroness in an Austrian castle, to an aging starlet in a Hollywood bungalow full of cats and turtles.

As he tracks down the pieces of Lev Nussimbaum’s deliberately obscured life, Reiss discovers a series of shadowy worlds–of European pan-Islamists, nihilist assassins, anti-Nazi book smugglers, Baku oil barons, Jewish Orientalists–that have also been forgotten.  The result is a thoroughly unexpected picture of the twentieth century–of the origins of our ideas about race and religious self-definition, and of the roots of modern fanaticism and terrorism.  Written with grace and infused with wonder, The Orientalist is an astonishing book.

 

Recommended

Miracles from Heaven A Little Girl, Her Journey to Heaven, and Her Amazing Story of Healing, Christy Wilson Beam
Miracles from Heaven
by Christy Wilson Beam

In a remarkable true story of faith and blessings, a mother tells of her sickly young daughter, how she survived a dangerous accident, her visit to Heaven and the inexplicable disappearance of the symptoms of her chronic disease. Annabel Beam spen...

Narrator: Christy Wilson Beam
Published: 04/14/2015

Martin Luther The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World, Eric Metaxas
Martin Luther
by Eric Metaxas

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER“Metaxas is a scrupulous chronicler and has an eye for a good story. . . . full, instructive, and pacey.” —The Washington PostFrom #1 New York Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas comes a brilliant and ins...

Narrator: Eric Metaxas
Published: 10/03/2017

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity, Nabeel Qureshi
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus
by Nabeel Qureshi

An Unexpected Journey from Islam to ChristianityIn Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with friendships, investigations, and supernatural dreams along the way.Providing an ...

Narrator: Nabeel Qureshi
Published: 02/11/2014

The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi My Journey into the Heart of Scriptural Faith and the Land Where It All Began, Kathie Lee Gifford
The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi
by Kathie Lee Gifford

As a lifelong student of Scripture, Kathie Lee Gifford has always desired a deeper understanding of God’s Word and a deeper knowledge of God Himself. But it wasn’t until she began studying the biblical texts in their original Hebrew and ...

Narrator: Kathie Lee Gifford
Published: 03/06/2018

The Hiding Place, Corrie ten Boom
The Hiding Place
by Corrie ten Boom

The amazing story of Corrie ten Boom, a heroine of the Dutch Resistance who helped Jews escape from the Nazis and became one of the most remarkable evangelists of the 20th century, is told in her classic memoir, now retold for a new generation.

Narrator: Bernadette Dunne
Published: 02/01/2009

90 Minutes in Heaven A True Story of Death and Life, Don Piper
90 Minutes in Heaven
by Don Piper

The mega bestselling book that started the heaven publishing phenomenon is now a major motion picture starring Hayden Christensen and Kate Bosworth and produced by Michael Polish. Don Piper's incredible true story continues to expand its reach t...

Narrator: Don Piper
Published: 09/01/2015

The Sound of Gravel A Memoir, Ruth Wariner
The Sound of Gravel
by Ruth Wariner

"The narration by Wariner compliments the candid nature of her story...A captivating and emotional story delivered in a straightforward way without an ounce of self-pity." — Library JournalA riveting, deeply-affecting audiobook memoir of one g...

Narrator: Ruth Wariner
Published: 01/05/2016

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus Third Edition with Bonus Content, New Reflections, Nabeel Qureshi
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus
by Nabeel Qureshi

In Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, now expanded with new bonus content, Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with friendships, investigations, and supernatural dreams along the way.Providing an intimate wi...

Narrator: Lee Strobel
Published: 08/21/2018

Born Again What Really Happened to the White House Hatchet Man, Charles Colson
Born Again
by Charles Colson

In 1974 Charles W. Colson pleaded guilty to Watergate-related offenses and, after a tumultuous investigation, served seven months in prison. In his search for meaning and purpose in the face of the Watergate scandal, Colson penned Born Again. This u...

Narrator: Jon Gauger
Published: 10/13/2008
{"id":"1618554","ean":"9780525496724","abr":"Unabridged","title":"The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life","subtitle":"Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life","author":"Tom Reiss","rating_average":"2.67","narrator":"Paul Michael","ubr_id":"1618554","abr_id":"0","ubr_price":"25.00","abr_price":"0.00","ubr_memprice":"16.25","abr_memprice":"0.00","ubr_narrator":"Paul Michael","abr_narrator":"","ubr_length":"Unabridged: 15 hr 30 min","abr_length":"Abridged: "}