Balthasar's Odyssey

Novel, Historical novel by Amin Maalouf
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Balthasar's Odyssey is a 2000 novel by Amin Maalouf set in 17th century Europe and the Levant. Originally written in French, it was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2004. The plot concerns the journey of a Genoese librarian living in the town of Gibelet named Balthasar who seeks a sacred book The Hundredth Name that is said to contain the unknown and sacred name of God, whose knowledge seems to be the answer for the salvation of souls at Doomsday in the apocalyptic year of 1666. In his trip, Balthasar travels through the Ottoman Empire, to Italy, and London, while experiencing a myriad of problems due to the accursed book.

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