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

Tom Reiss

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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

Language:

English

Narrators:

Paul Michael

Length:

16h


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:14


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:02


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:26


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:50


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:50


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:15


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:55


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:57


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:18


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:04


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:36


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:39


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:19


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:37


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:27


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:01


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:35


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:00


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:56


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:36


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:55


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:15


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:13


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:12


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:09


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:57


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:14


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:01


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:53


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:19


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:04


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:44


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:01


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:11


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:06


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:43


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:48


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:51


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:19


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:19


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:41


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:18


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:21


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:47


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:48


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:51


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:20


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

09:22


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:25


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:39


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:44


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:22


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:56


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:07


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:56


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:25


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

09:22


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:48


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:11


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:46


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:30


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

09:18


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:11


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:29


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:56


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:55


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:53


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:36


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:11


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:53


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:59


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:09


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:01


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:51


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:45


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:01


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:14


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:44


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:45


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:28


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

09:11


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:43


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:53


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

08:23


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:00


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:01


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:36


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:07


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:18


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:49


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:48


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:33


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:39


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

09:37


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:05


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:25


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:31


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:46


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:45


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:18


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:13


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:33


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:21


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:07


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

07:18


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:31


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:26


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:44


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:11


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:31


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

08:32


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

08:23


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:21


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

07:05


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

07:23


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:59


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

03:08


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

06:43


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

06:25


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

06:13


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

06:02


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

06:34


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

08:36


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

08:19


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

07:23


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

08:05


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

08:10


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

06:09


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

08:12


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

09:21


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

06:31


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

06:37


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

06:06


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

09:16


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

03:51


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

06:25


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

05:54


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

05:10


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

05:24


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

05:13


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

04:49


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

00:32