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Kurban Said was the pseudonym of Lev Nussimbaum, who grew up in Baku and died in Italy in 1942. (Bowker Author Biography) The life of Kurban Said is shrouded in mystery--a story as exotic and elusive as his writings. Lev Naussimbaum (alias Essad Bey alias Kurban Said) was, it is believed, born in Baku in 1905, the son of a German governess and a Jewish businessman. He died in Positano, Italy, in 1942. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from Ali and Nino… (més)
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Kurban Said is a pseudonym for Essad Bey, which is a pseudonym for Lev Nussimbaum. Nussimbaum was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, in 1905 (or in Kiev, Ukraine), in a rich Jewish family. As the Soviets conquered Azerbaijan, Nussimbaum fled to Berlin, Germany, where he converted to Islam. As Essad Bey, he was a striking and eccentric figure in Berlins high society. He was the author of semi-scientific orientalistic books, as well as adventurous novels about himself, set in Middle Eastern settings. Apart from the pseudonym Essad Bey, he used the name Kurban Said. Nussimbaum died in 1942.
The Orientalist by Tom Reiss is a biography of Nussimbaum, and explains his choices of other names.