The Orientalist: Tom Reiss
In The Orientalist, Tom Reiss tells the remarkable tale of Kurban Said, aka Lev Nussimbaum, a Jew with a passion for the Arab world and bestselling author of Ali and Nino, a captivating love story set in Azerbaijan. For five years, Reiss tracked Said’s protean identity from a wealthy Jewish childhood in glamorous Baku to a romantic adolescence in Persia on the run from the Bolsheviks, and an exile in Berlin as self proclaimed Muslim prince. Reiss also discusses Leopold Weiss, another Jew who converted and who became one of the founding fathers of Pakistan.
Tom Reiss writes for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker.David Winner