The Other Exile
The Other Exile

The Other Exile

The Story of Fernao Lopes, St Helena and a Paradise Lost

Abdul Rahman Azzam

(author)

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A tale of a real-life Robinson Crusoe and his total retreat from human society.
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The first known inhabitant of St Helena - long before Napoleon - was a 16th-century Portuguese renegade.

In 1506 Fernao Lopes, a member of his country's minor nobility, travelled to Goa in search of honour and wealth. There he converted to Islam, married a Muslim, fought his former countrymen, and was eventually captured - his nose and hands publicly cut off for treachery. Eventually sailing for home, he jumped ship at St. Helena, becoming the island's first inhabitant, with only a black cockerel for company.

News of Lopes reached the King of Portugal. Picked up by a ship sent especially for him, Lopes so impressed the King, and the Pope in Rome, that he was granted one wish. He requested his return to St Helena.

Based on brand new research by A R Azzam, author of the acclaimed Saladin (Longman, 2007), The Other Exile is at once a historical adventure story and a meditation on solitude. It is a story about redemption in one of the darkest periods in Europe and the tale of the haunting relationship between man and wild nature.

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Book publisher Icon Books Ltd
Publication date 2 Aug 2018
Format Paperback
Pages 320
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