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The secret life of Laszlo Almasy : the real English patient / John Bierman.

By: Bierman, John.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Viking, 2004Description: 304 pages : illustrations ; 22cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0670914177 :.Subject(s): Almasy, Lazslo | World War, 1939-1945 -- Biography | Africanists -- Hungary -- Biography | Explorers -- Hungary -- Biography | Deserts -- AfricaDDC classification: 940.53 Review: "Who was the real Laszlo Almasy, the 'English Patient' portrayed in Michael Ondaatje's novel and the film? Why was he more compelling in life than in fiction?" "A Hungarian aristocrat without title, Laszlo Almasy was consumed by his passion for the desert. He made many extraordinary forays by car and plane in search of a legendary lost oasis and became an expert in desert exploration in the Eastern Sahara. Yet when the Second World War broke out he was no longer welcome in British-controlled Egypt. In fact, for several years Britain had suspected Almasy of spying for the Italians, while the Italians thought he was spying for the British. The situation had been further confused by Almasy taking German 'tourists' into the desert." "Almasy's life before, during and after the war was marked by paradox and intrigue: his service with Rommel's African Korps under the scrutiny of Britain's Bletchley Park code-breakers; his doomed homosexual affair with a young German soldier; his astonishing feats and failures in the desert war; his friendship with Unity Mitford; his post-war acquittal by a 'Peoples Court' at the bidding of Hungary's communist dictator; and his subsequent flight to Egypt with the help of MI6." "The por
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The true story of Count Laszlo Almasy, the Hungarian explorer and hero of the film The English Patient, is told in this book. The real tale was first revealed in MI5 files released to the National Archives and now John Bierman, former BBC correspondent, has filled in the gaps to tell an astounding tale of intrigue. In truth, Almasy was a bungling Nazi intelligence officer who, according to his MI5 file, was very ugly and shabbily dressed, with a fat and pendulous nose, drooping shoulders and a nervous tic.

"Who was the real Laszlo Almasy, the 'English Patient' portrayed in Michael Ondaatje's novel and the film? Why was he more compelling in life than in fiction?" "A Hungarian aristocrat without title, Laszlo Almasy was consumed by his passion for the desert. He made many extraordinary forays by car and plane in search of a legendary lost oasis and became an expert in desert exploration in the Eastern Sahara. Yet when the Second World War broke out he was no longer welcome in British-controlled Egypt. In fact, for several years Britain had suspected Almasy of spying for the Italians, while the Italians thought he was spying for the British. The situation had been further confused by Almasy taking German 'tourists' into the desert." "Almasy's life before, during and after the war was marked by paradox and intrigue: his service with Rommel's African Korps under the scrutiny of Britain's Bletchley Park code-breakers; his doomed homosexual affair with a young German soldier; his astonishing feats and failures in the desert war; his friendship with Unity Mitford; his post-war acquittal by a 'Peoples Court' at the bidding of Hungary's communist dictator; and his subsequent flight to Egypt with the help of MI6." "The por

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