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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Alamut is a novel by Vladimir Bartolfirst published in in Slovenedealing with the story of Hassan-i Sabbah and the Hashshashinand named after their Alamut fortress.

Bartol first started to conceive the novel in the early s, when he lived in Paris. A further stimulation for the novel came from the assassination of King Alexander I of Yugoslavia perpetrated by Croatian and Bulgarian radical nationalists, on the alleged commission of the Italian Fascist government.

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When it was originally published, the novel was sarcastically dedicated to Benito Mussolini. The maxim of the novel is “Nothing is real, everything is allowed”. The novel was not published in English until In it was translated into Hebrew and Hungarian The novel is situated in the 11th century at the fortress of Alamut fortress of death “in arabic”which was seized by the leader of the IsmailisHassan ibn Sabbah or Seiduna Our Lord.

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.


The story commences with the journey of young ibn Tahir, who is, according to his family’s wish, intending to join the Alamut garrison.

There, he is appointed to the squad of the most valiant soldiers, named the fedai. Fedai are expected to obey orders without any demurdeath being not an obstacle. During their demanding training, they come to be convinced that they shall go to heaven immediately after their death, if they die in the line of duty.

Hassan managed to achieve such level of obedience by deceiving his soldiers – he gave them drugs hashish to numb them and ordered afterwards that they be carried into the gardens behind the fortress, which were made into a simulacrum of heaven, including houris. Therefore, fedai believe that Allah had given Hassan the power to send anybody into the Heaven for a certain slamut.

Moreover, some of the novsl fall in love with houris and Hassan unscrupulously uses that to his advantage. Meanwhile, the Seljuk army besieges Alamut.

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Some of the soldiers are captured and Hassan decides to demonstrate his power to them. 19388 orders one fedai to jump off of a tower; he fulfills his master’s order with a smile on his face, thinking that he will soon rejoice at his beloved in heaven. Afterwards, Hassan orders ibn Tahir to go and kill the a,amut vizier of the Seljuk sultan Nizam al-Mulk.

Hassan wants to take vengeance for al-Mulk’s treachery against him long ago. Ibn Tahir stabs the vizier, but, before he passes away, the vizier reveals the truth of Hassan’s deceptions to his murderer.

Ibn Tahir decides 198 return to Alamut and kill Hassan. When ibn Tahir returns, Hassan receives him and also reveals him his true motto: Then, he lets ibn Tahir go, to start a long journey around the world. Another fedai kills the Seljuk Sultan and the Seljuk empire dissolves.


The fight for the Seljuk throne begins.

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Hassan encloses himself in a tower, determined to work until the end of his days. He transfers the power over the Ismaelits to the hands of his faithful daimilitary and religious chiefs. The video games ‘ Broken Sword – The Shadow Of The Templars ‘ The Circle Of Blood In The US and ‘ Assassin’s Creed ‘, both feature the Hashashin as a strong focal point of the story, ‘Assasin’s Creed’ allows you to take on the role of a member of an assasin brotherhood based on The Hashashin and ‘Broken Sword’ follows a string of murders from Paris to Syria, which on the surface appear to 193 the murders of many innocents, but it all finally falls into place after the discovery of a year old Knights Templar manuscript is stolen from a member of a neo hashashin group.

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