Dan Jacobson: Leo Nussimbaum’s self-creation, 18 August 2005
Show More The Orientalist: In Search of a Man Caught between East and West by Tom Reiss.
Chatto, 433 pp., £17.99, July 2005, 9780701178857Show More
“... Lev or Leo Nussimbaum (aka Essad Bey, aka Kurban Said) was born in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, in 1905. As a young man he claimed to be the son of an immensely wealthy Persian-Turkic prince. In his first published book, Blood and Oil in the Orient, Nussimbaum wrote that his supposed father had ‘the facial expression, imperturbable, weary and yet eager for activity, of an Oriental who has transferred the old traditions of command to the social life of a young oil city ...”