Author name: AJ Lewis

Iceland and Algiers

Many have the impression of Algiers before the French made it a colony in the third decade of the nineteenth century and subjected its people to all manner of suffering and humiliation, as a “cesspool of misery” for thousands of people captured and enslaved there. How, many have wondered, would anyone risk travel in the […]

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A Captive Economy

  A recent publication by a distinguished professor of History, Daniel Hershenzon, brings into focus how “In the early modern western Mediterranean, a wide range of individuals, networks, and institutions dealt with the trafficking of people—capturing, enslaving, smuggling, and ransoming—across and beyond the borders of Spain’s Mediterranean territories, Morocco, and Ottoman Algiers and Tunis.” In

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Charles Mace

Charles Mace and his wife figure significantly in several of the novels, and was in fact the British Consul General in Algiers for several years. I hope that the liberties I’ve taken with this historical character in no way impugn his reputation. I envision an even more significant role for his wife in the volumes

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Jean Bon St. Andre

As historical novels, the Muhammad Amalfi Mysteries follow, however loosely, the events that shaped the Mediterranean world in the final decade of the Eighteenth century and the first decades of the Nineteenth, up until the French incursions beginning in June of 1830. I have done my best to remain true to those events and, in

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Fear and Atmosphere

The writing of a work of fiction requires a good deal of patience. Other factors are involved, but patience is a virtue that might be said to transcend all others. In writing and rewriting the Muhammad Amalfi Mysteries, I used some of the methods I’d found effective as a translator. For example, one’s initial translation

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Why Ottoman Algiers?

Charles Marlow, a recurring character in Joseph Conrad’s fiction, once referred to “the blank spaces on the map.” I have always been fascinated by and drawn to such places and, in my life, have been fortunate enough to visit and explore several of them.The Mediterranean, in the words of Fernand Braudel, that “complex of seas

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