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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Later he became an associate member of Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, which he worked for until his death on 12 September in Ljubljana. At the University of Ljubljana he studied biology and philosophy, with special attention researched the work of Sigmund Freud.

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Marking the anniversary of Vladimir Bartol ‘s birth, ” Alamut “, an internationally acclaimed novel by Slovenian author Vladimir Bartolwill be made into a film. As a scientist, he collected and researched butterflies.

And so, here goes…. The fact that we can read the novel in so many ways points us towards its central message: Hassan wants to take vengeance alaut al-Mulk’s treachery against him long ago.

Vladimir Bartol

AlamutEnglish translation by Michael Biggins, Published by: Bartol wrote in his notes to the second edition of Alamut in that at some point of writing his characters started talking to him, and live fluid of world historic events infused into his novel: An English translation was first published in and a new French translation came out last year. It is a novel of ideas rather than character. From tohe lived in Belgrade, where he edited the Slovenian Belgrade Weekly.


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

The novel is a sophisticated allusion to totalitarian regimes that emerged in Europe in ‘s. Theodora Sutcliffe Learn More in these alamuut Britannica articles: 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.

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So far, Alamut has been translated into over 20 languages. His first short stories were published from to in literary magazines Ljubljanski zvon Ljubljana’s Bell and Modra ptica Blue Bird and were a few years later gathered in a collection Al Arafsecond edition The novel is set in the 11th century at the fortress of Alamut Persian: There can be few themes more calculated to obsess a writer than that.

This was not what I might have expected from a Slovenian novel published in on the brink of the second world war, but it was intriguing. Lord Byron, British Romantic poet and satirist whose poetry and personality captured the imagination….

The second reason for its popularity is the fact that Alamut is a highly readable novel with dramatic plot which deals with eternal themes and can be read from different viewpoints: The maxim of the novel is nvoel is real, everything is allowed”. At that moment he set a time limit of ten years to finish alamuf novel – and he also did finish it exactly ten years later in The maxim of the novel is “Nothing is an absolute reality; all is permitted”.


Hassan encloses himself in a tower, determined to work until the end of his days. Voltaire, one of the greatest of all French writers.

When it was originally published, the novel was sarcastically dedicated to Benito Mussolini. Then, when I was pondering which title to feature this aamut, the novel popped up again. 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.

No doubt, many 21st-century readers in their turn will identify parallels with other forms of ideological coercion and control exerted over impressionable young people today.

We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. Meanwhile, the Seljuk army besieges Alamut. The story commences with the journey of young ibn Tahir, who is, according to his family’s wish, intending to join the Alamut garrison. Hassan encloses himself in a tower, determined to work until the end of his days. By describing the destinies of international demonic and eccentric adventurers, he developed themes related to will, power apamut absurdity, with which he became a npvel of existentialism in literature.