Bloodthirsty tyrant or brilliant statesman? Alexandre Dumas explores the complicated legacy of Ali Pacha in this fictionalised biography.
A leader under the Ottoman Empire, Pasha ruled over a large portion of Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries. There’s no doubt he was politically astute—he maintained his power by signing alliances with both Napoleon and the British. But Pasha’s not part of Dumas’ ”Celebrated Crimes” series for nothing. His brutality was legendary, and his reign was marked by numerous atrocities.
Dumas reckons with these complexities in the enthralling ”Ali Pacha”. It’s a must read for Dumas fans and history buffs alike. Alexandre Dumas (1802 - 1870) was a hugely popular 19th Century French writer. Born of mixed French and Haitian heritage, Dumas first rose to prominence in Paris as a playwright, but later gained international fame with his historical fiction. Often co-authored with other writers, these stories wove together swashbuckling adventure, romance, and real events from France’s past. Among the best known are ”The Three Musketeers”, and its sequels ”Twenty Years After”, and ”Le Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years Later”. Set across four decades, this trilogy follows the rise of the dashing D’Artagnan—from hot-headed soldier to trusted captain under Louis XIV. Dumas’ other novels include ”The Count of Monte Cristo” and ”The Black Tulip”. His works have been adapted into more than 200 movies, including The Man in the Iron Mask starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
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