Vladimir Bartol (1903-1967) was a Slovene intellect and journalist living in the Trieste region of Italy prior to World War II. An early follower of Jung and Freud, and Slovenia's first translator of Nietzsche, Bartol wanted to fuse psychology and literature with the story of the world's first terrorist to tell the story of Mussolini. Bartol's view of Mussolini was ambiguous; he originally wanted to dedicate Alamut to the dictator, but was convinced otherwise by his publisher. Bartol spent nearly a decade writing Alamut, which was the first book of a projected trilogy. He went on to write several minor works, short stories and plays, but never wrote another novel. He died in 1967.
"If Osama bin Laden did not exist, Vladimir Bartol would have invented him."-L'Express"...an epic novel of conspiracies, love stories, and subtle religious and philosophical subtexts that bravely confronts the issue of political extremism."-Ricardo Arturo Rios Torres, La Prensa"...an adventure story from 1938 which transforms itself ... into a nightmare novel of the new century."-Oliver Maison, Journal de la Culture"This new edition of Alamut is gorgeous...a fascinating historical drama that triumphs in its exploration of modern themes."-The Midwest Book Review