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Dan Jacobson: Leo Nussimbaum’s self-creation, 18 August 2005

The Orientalist: In Search of a Man Caught between East and West 
by Tom Reiss.
Chatto, 433 pp., £17.99, July 2005, 9780701178857
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... hiding-place, but from the hideously painful effects of Raynaud’s disease (described by Tom Reiss in this exhaustive biography as ‘an extremely rare disease that produces the effects of accelerated leprosy and gangrene’). By then he had published no fewer than 16 books, the first of which, Blood and Oil in the Orient, appeared in ...

No Loaded Guns in Class

Thomas de Waal: Kurban Said, 19 October 2000

Ali and Nino 
by Kurban Said, translated by Jenia Graman.
Vintage, 237 pp., £6.99, October 2000, 0 09 928322 0
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... Ehrenfels von Bodmershof, an Austrian friend and perhaps lover of Nussimbaum’s, insisted to Tom Reiss – an American writer currently preparing a biography of Said/Nussimbaum – that she was the author of Ali and Nino. And recently in Baku I spent an afternoon with an elderly civil servant who tried to prove to me that his father, an Azeri writer ...


Tariq Ali: Richard Sorge’s Fate, 21 November 2019

An Impeccable Spy: Richard Sorge, Stalin’s Master Agent 
by Owen Matthews.
Bloomsbury, 448 pp., £25, March 2019, 978 1 4088 5778 6
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... three top Soviet spies of the 20th century – Richard Sorge, Leopold Trepper and Ignace Poretsky/Reiss (better known as Ludwik) – remain unmatched. Sorge has always attracted particular attention. Ian Fleming called him the ‘most formidable spy in history’; other admirers included John le Carré, Tom Clancy and ...

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