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Book Club meeting on ‘Samarkand’

April 1, 2014

SamarkandThe Chester Beatty Library Members’ Book Club will have a Book Club meeting, to discuss Amin Maalouf’s novel Samarkand. The book tells the story of Omar Khayyám who, accused of mocking the codes of Islam, finds sympathy with the very man who is to judge his alleged crimes. Recognising Khayyám’s genius, the judge decides to spare him and gives him instead a small, blank book, encouraging him to confine his thoughts to it alone…

The meeting  is one of a series in which a number of interesting titles will be chosen to complement themes and items from the Chester Beatty Library collection (Dublin, Ireland). The meeting will be held Wednesday 30th April at 6 pm.

For more information see the Book Club’s announcement.

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  1. April 1, 2014 5:22 pm

    Thanks for posting this, Jos. It good to know that the library is promoting an interest in Khayyam and his Rubaiyat. But we hope they have on hand someone who can clarify the fictional nature of Maalouf’s excellent novel, and perhaps tell a bit more about what is and is not known, both about the historical Khayyam, and about the subsequent publication of the Rubaiyat and the ‘Great Omar’ edition.

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