Alamut takes place in 11th Century Persia, in the fortress of Alamut, where self- proclaimed prophet Hasan ibn Sabbah is setting up his mad but brilliant. Alamut, novel written by Slovenian writer Vladimir Bartol, published in The novel and its famed maxim—”Nothing is an absolute reality, all is permitted,”. Alamut takes place in 11th Century Persia, in the fortress of Alamut, where self- proclaimed prophet Hasan ibn Sabbah is setting up his mad but brilliant plan to.

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My library Help Advanced Book Search. Alamutnovel written by Slovenian writer Vladimir Bartol, published in In his fortified castle – Eagle’s Nest – of Alamut, he teaches his vldimir fedayeen blind obedience and trains them to become “live daggers” in order to fight a holy war against Seldjuk Turks that rule Iran.

Theodora Sutcliffe Learn More in these related Britannica articles: Based on the actual historical events, the story of Alamut is set in northern Persia today’s Iran in But then there are people for whom the whole planet is a prison, who see the infinite expanse of the universe, the millions of stars and galaxies that remain forever inaccessible to them. Contrary to prevailing social-realism in literature of that time, his prose contained psychological and philosophical elements.

Thank You for Your Contribution! He always described himself in his autobiographic short stories as an oversensitive and slightly odd child with rich fantasy. What We Have Read 10 13 Nov 24, Alamut is a novel by Vladimir Bartolfirst published in in Sloveniandealing with the story of Hassan-i Sabbah and the Hashshashinand named after their Alamut fortress. Hassan managed to achieve such level of obedience by deceiving his soldiers; he gave them drugs hashish to numb them and afterwards ordered that they be carried into the gardens behind the fortress—which were made into a simulacrum of heaven, including houris.


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.

He graduated in and continued with his studies at Sorbonne in Paris – Alamut by Vladimir Bartol First Published in: The story is told through the eyes of 3 central characters: Ibn Tahir stabs the vizier, but, before he passes away, the vizier reveals the batrol of Hassan’s deceptions to his murderer.

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: Otherwise they might realize they’re in prison.

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By describing the destinies of international demonic and eccentric adventurers, he developed themes related to will, power and absurdity, with which he became a forerunner of existentialism in literature. I asked you, ‘What is a person permitted, once he’s realized that truth is unattainable and consequently doesn’t exist for him? Book finished and review linked! Alamut Cover of the English translation of the novel.

Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. The novel focuses on Sabbah as he unveils his plan to his inner circle, and on two of his young followers — the beautiful slave girl Halima, who has come to Alamut to join Sabbah’s paradise on earth, and young ibn Tahir, Sabbah’s most gifted fighter.

Vladimir Bartol Average rating: Bartol spent nearly a decade writing Alamut, which was the first book of a projected trilogy. Vladimir Bartol admitted that while writing the novel he had a feeling that he was creating it not only for his contemporaries but also for the readers that had lived fifty years ago, as well as for the readers that would live fifty years after.


As both Halima and ibn Tahir become disillusioned with Sabbah’s vision, their lives take unexpected turns. Articles such as this one were acquired and published with the primary aim of expanding the information on Britannica. Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. At that moment he set a time limit of ten years to finish the novel – and he also did finish it exactly ten years later in You are commenting using your WordPress.

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As a scientist, he collected and researched butterflies. 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.

I said something like this: I replied that both life and my studies had led me to the same conclusion. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here This edition, translated by Michael Biggins, in the first-ever English translation.

But why does Alamut appeal to its readers so much that it became part of global pop culture? A person can spend his whole life between four walls. Quotes by Vladimir Bartol. His parents were extremely tolerant and broadly liberal and they offered their children extensive education. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

His contemporary critics considered alamht too exotic, too adventurous and not Slovenian enough. Moreover, some of the fedayin fall in love with hourisand Hassan unscrupulously uses that to his advantage.