(Mohammad Essad Bey)
|Born||October 17, 1905
Kiev, Russian Empire
|Died||August 27, 1942
Positano, near Naples, Italy
Lev Nussimbaum (Kiev, October 17, 1905 – Positano, August 27, 1942), who wrote under the pen names Essad Bey and Kurban Said, was a writer and journalist, born in Kiev to a Jewish family, who spent his childhood in Baku before fleeing the Bolsheviks in 1920 at the age of 14. In 1922, while living in Germany he obtained a certificate claiming that he had converted to Islam in the presence of the imam of the Turkish embassy in Berlin. He created for himself a niche in the competitive European literary world by writing about topics that Westerners, in general, knew little about - the Caucasus, Russian Empire, Bolshevik Revolution newly discovered oil, and Islam. He wrote under the name of Essad Bey in German.
Historians and literary critics, who knew these subjects well, discredited Essad Bey as a reliable source. Today, historians disregard books published under his name and rarely quote him, though the topics Essad Bey chose to write about are still critically relevant. Furthermore, the fact that Essad Bey was so prolific calls into question the authorship of these books and whether Essad Bey was primarily operating as a broker and doctoring manuscripts and marketing them under his name, which by then had become famous. In 1934, his agent Werner Schendell warned him to slow down and take a year off between books so that he would not appear to be so prolific. That year no books appeared in German - only two novellas in Polish.
Lev Nussimbaum was born in October 1905, according to himself in a train, though documents in the Kiev State Archives and the Kiev Synagogue state that Lev Nussimbaum was born in Kiev. Nussimbaum's birth was originally registered in the Kyiv Synagogue.
His father, Abraam Leybusovich Nussimbaum, was a Jew from Tiflis, in the present-day Georgia, born in 1875, who later migrated to Baku and invested in oil. His mother Berta Basya Davidovna Slutzkin Nussimbaum, according to her marriage certificate, was a Jew from Belarus. She committed suicide on February 16, 1911 in Baku when Nussimbaum was five years old. Apparently, she had embraced left-wing politics and was possibly involved in the underground Communist movement. Nussimbaum's father then hired Alice Schulte, a woman of German ethnicity to be his son's governess.
In 1918, Lev and his father fled Baku because of the massacres that were taking place in the streets. According to Essad Bey's first book, "Blood and Oil in the Orient," which historians do not consider to be very reliable, the two travelled through Turkestan and Persia. However, of this adventurous journey there is no record except in Nussimbaum's own writings. Nussimbaum and his father returned to Baku but when the Bolsheviks took Baku in the spring of 1920, they fled to Georgia where they stayed until the Bolsheviks took Tiflis and Batumi.
Lev Nussimbaum, as Essad Bey, wrote his first book Oel und Blut im Orient (Blood and Oil in the Orient) in German in 1929. Although he claims that his account was autobiographical, historians in Azerbaijan and Georgia refute the possibility as there are many major factual errors in the historical description. Essad Bey describes how as a child, aged 14, his delight in leaving Azerbaijan. In the final passage of the book, he writes: "At that moment, Europe began for me. The Old East was dead."
Then they managed to board a ship to Constantinople to where thousands of refugees had fled. Later, Nussimbaum eventually settled in Berlin (1921–1933), where he enrolled simultaneously in high school and in Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität. He did not graduate from either, but told people that he had a Cand. Phil.
In 1926, he began writing under the pen name of Essad Bey for the literary journal Die literarische Welt (The Literary World). At least 120 articles were published under his name. By the early 1930s, Essad Bey had become a popular author throughout Western Europe, writing mainly about contemporary historical and political issues.
Politically, Bey was a monarchist. In 1931, he joined the German-Russian League Against Bolshevism, the members of which, Daniel Lazare remarks, "for the most part either were Nazis or soon would be". He also joined the Social Monarchist Party, which advocated restoration of Germany's Hohenzollern dynasty. He also had connections to the pre-fascistic Young Russian movement, headed by Alexander Kazembek.
In 1932, Essad Bey married Erika Loewendahl—daughter of shoe magnate Walter Loewendahl. The marriage failed, ending in scandal. Erika ran off with Nussimbaum's colleague René Fülöp-Miller in 1935. Erika's parents, who were wealthy, succeeded in getting the marriage to Lev Nussimbaum Essad Bey annulled in 1937.
In 1938, when the Nazi Germany annexed Austria, Nussimbaum fled to Italy and settled in the seacoast town of Positano. He died there of a rare blood disorder which causes gangrene of the extremities—most likely Buerger's disease, which is known to afflict Ashkenazi male Jews rather than Raynaud's Disease, which is more prevalent in women. It is highly likely that Essad Bey denied his Jewish ancestry from doctors who were treating him which led to his misdiagnosis of Raynaud's instead of Buerger's. Little was known in the early 1940s about Buerger's Disease, especially how the disease could be reversed if the patient stopped smoking. Tragically, Essad Bey, who was known to be a heavy smoker, died a painful death at the age of 37.
Nussimbaum had a romantic view of Islam, seeing it as part of the grand cultural heritage of "the East" (to which he felt connected by his Jewish heritage) and a bulwark against the evils of Western modernity and Bolshevism. Writing about his childhood in Azerbaijan, he notes the emotional effect he received from looking at the old palaces in Baku: "I saw the broad expanse of the sandy Arabian desert, I saw the horsemen, their snow-white burnooses billowing in the wind, I saw the flocks of prophets praying towards Mecca and I wanted to be one with this wall, one with this desert, one with this incomprehensible, intricate script, one with the entire Islamic Orient, which in our Baku had been so ceremoniously carried to the grave, to the victorious drumbeats of European culture.... Throughout my entire childhood, I dreamed of the Arabic edifices every night... I do know that it was the most powerful, most formative feeling of my life."
Confusion surrounds the details related to Essad Bey’s conversion to Islam. There are at least three accounts that attempt to explain his alleged conversion:
(1) That when Essad Bey was 17 years old, he officially obtained a certificate as “document of proof” in a declaration to Imam Hafiz Shuku (1871-1924) of the former Ottoman Embassy in Berlin on August 13, 1922.
(2) However, later accounts circulated that Essad Bey did not actually convert to Islam but that he simply reclaimed his religious identity since he had actually been born a Muslim.
(3) That Essad Bey converted to Islam along with his family when he was eight years old.
In 1924 in Berlin he helped found an Islamic student group Islamia, where he met other Muslims—Arabs, Turks, Iranians, Afghanis and Indians as well as converts like himself—and "spoke out about the wretched situation of Muslims in the colonial world." However, some Muslims objected to the way Nussimbaum depicted Islam in his writings, accusing him of Orientalism and of not being a "real" Muslim. In 1930, Mohammed Hoffman, a member of Islamia and himself a convert to Islam, accused Nussmbaum of trying "to pass for a born Muslim" and suggesting that his conversion was merely a ploy. As a result of this and similar accusations, he stopped attending Islamia meetings; however, he never renounced Islam or distanced himself from it. In 1934 the New York Herald Tribune ran a profile of "Essad Bey" which described him as an irreverent Muslim who "carries no prayer rug; he fails to salute Mecca when he prays... eats pigs and drinks wine; yet when he came to be married in Berlin he refused to abjure his creed."
Armin Wegner, a contemporary of Essad Bey and who knew him in his last years in Positano, Italy, observed that Essad Bey "kept up the comedy of being Muslim to the end." 
Also a scathing review of Essad Bey's biography "Mohammed" expressed doubt that the author" had ever read the Quran, either in the original or in translation." It claimed: "Essad Bey's Mohammed is a potpourri of bad history distorted facts and naive interpretations. It should never have been written... In fact, I am impelled to go still further and state that there is hardly a page in this 'biography' which is free from error." 
Despite Nussimbaum's being an ethnic Jew, his monarchist and anti-Bolshevik politics were such that, before his origins were discovered, the Nazi propaganda ministry included his works on their list of "excellent books for German minds". Among the works credited to him are early biographies of Lenin, Stalin and Czar Nicholas II, Mohammed, the Prophet and Reza Shah of Iran. All these "biographies" were allegedly written between 1932 and 1936. At one point, Nussimbaum was requested to write an official biography of Benito Mussolini. Essad Bey's works, many of which he claimed were biographies, are discredited by historians and literary critics and rarely referenced today except to point out how unreliable they are.
Ali and Nino
Tom Reiss attributes the 1937 novel Ali and Nino: A Love Story to Lev Nussimbaum. Ali and Nino was published under the pseudonym Kurban Said. Tom Reiss, in the book The Orientalist (a biography about Nussimbaum), argues that Said was Nussimbaum's pseudonym, and the work was written directly by Nussimbaum.
Reiss also debunks claims put forward by the heirs of Austrian barronness Elfriede Ehrenfels who claimed co-authorship. Reiss argues that she registered the book with German authorities in Austria at the time (after 1938), this was because Nussimbaum could not have received money for publishing the book in Germany due to his Jewish heritage.
Other critics, however, have shown that the book partially plagiarized and have constructed a hypothesis that it was adapted by Nussimbaum from a hypothetical earlier manuscript. A 2011 issue of Azerbaijan International re-opened the issue of the authorship of Ali and Nino. Its predominant author, Betty Blair, states that "we are convinced" that the book was primarily written by Azerbaijani author Yusif Vazir Chamanzaminli, though they also bring forward evidence that Nussimbaum wrote at least some portions of the book.
Their arguments include the claims that the folkloric and legendary passages include exact "cut and paste" passages that were published in Nussimbaum's earlier works, over and over again, as was his practice, as well as the fact that Nussimbaum left the Caucasus when he was only 14 years old  and that he boasted that he was a Monarchist when the novel clearly supports the views of someone who sought the independence of Azerbaijan. Reiss dismissed the claim that Chamanzaminli was the author behind the Said pseudonym claiming that he looked at one of Chamanzaminli's novellas and found him to be a (Muslim communalist) nationalist. Betty Blair of Azerbaijan International argues, in contrast, that Ali and Nino is a "nationalist" book in a broader, non-communalist sense since the novel is essentially about Azerbaijan's independence.
In addition, Tamar Injia published a book entitled Ali and Nino – Literary Robbery!, showing that substantial portions of the book were "stolen" from the book The Snake's Skin by Georgian author Grigol Robakidze. Injia analyzed the two books, and found a number of similar and identical passages, and concluded that "Kurban Said" (whose real life identity she does not attempt to determine) deliberately transferred passages from Robakidze's earlier novel.
Under penname of Essad Bey
- Blood and Oil in the Orient (1930; reissued by Aran Press in English, 1997 (withdrawn from the market by the publisher); reissued by Maurer in English, 2008, ISBN 978-3-929345-36-0, in German, 2008, ISBN 978-3-929345-30-8)
- Twelve Secrets of the Caucasus (1930; reissued by Maurer in English, 2008, ISBN 978-3-929345-37-7, in German, 2008, 978-3-929345-33-9)
- Stalin: The Career of a Fanatic (1931)
- The Caucasus (1932), only in German, "Der Kaukasus" (not translated into English).
- Mohammed (1932), many editions available worldwide, except in English
- White Russia: People Without a Homeland (1932) (not translated into English).
- OGPU: The Plot Against the World (1932)
- Liquid Gold (1933), (not translated into English)
- Russia at the Crossroads (1933), (not translated into English).
- Love and Petroleum (1934), novella, only in Polish (not translated into English; published originally in a Pulp magazine in Poland. Translated into German and published by Maurer, 2008, 978-3-929345-35-3, together with "Manuela").
- Manuela (1934), novella, only in Polish (not translated into English; published originally in a Pulp magazine in Poland. Translated into German and published by Maurer, 2008, 978-3-929345-35-3, together with "Love and Petroleum").
- Nicholas II: The Prisoner in Purple (1935; reissued by Maurer in German, 2011, ISBN 978-3-929345-57-5)
- Lenin (1935), Italian only
- Reza Shah (1936)
- Allah is Great: The Decline and Rise of the Islamic World (1936) (with Wolfgang von Weisl) about the ascendancy of Saudi Arabian king Ibn Saud (1936) (not translated into English).
- End of Bolshevism (1936), which appeared only in Italian as "Giustizia Rossa" (Red Justice) (not translated into English).
Under penname of Kurban Said
As discussed above, there is a dispute over whether or not Lev Nussimbaum is the core author behind works written under the pseudonym Kurban Said. The works written under this name include the following:
- Ali and Nino (1937, reissued by Anchor, 2000, ISBN 0-385-72040-8, as "Ali and Nino: A Love Story").
- Girl from the Golden Horn (1938, reissued by Overlook Press, 2001, ISBN 1-58567-173-8)
- The Man Who Knew Nothing About Love (Unpublished, but advertised in the back pages of Annemarie Selinko's novel I Was an Ugly Girl, Vienna: Kirschner, 1937), the same year that "Ali and Nino" was published.
- Abbas Abdulla, "Research" Nussimbaum is a Jew from Kyiv" in Adabiyyat Qazetti (Literature Qazette), No. 48:3643 (Baku: December 19, 2008), p.6 as quoted in "Frequently Asked Questions about the Authorship of Ali and Nino," FAQ No. 54: But was Lev Nussimbaum (Essad Bey) actually born in Baku?" in Azerbaijan International, Vol. 15:2-4 (2011), p. 65 and Endnote 119 on page 109.
- Reiss, Tom. The Orientalist. Random House, 2005, p.199
- Blood and Oil in the Orient (1929), Twelve Secrets of the Caucasus (1930), and Der Kaukasus (1931)
- OGPU (1932), Nicholas II (1935)
- Stalin (1931), OGPU (1932), Russia at the Crossroads (1933), Lenin (1935), End of Bolshevism (1936)
- Blood and Oil in the Orient (1929), Liquid Oil (1933), Love and Oil (1934), God is Great (about Ibn Saud, 1936)
- Mohammed (1932), God is Great (about resurgence of Islam and Ibn Saud, 1936)
- <"Fact or Fiction? What Essad Bey's Contemporaries Said," in Azerbaijan International, Vol. 15:2-4, pp. 166-177.
- "Did he really write 16 books in 8 years?" Azerbaijan International, Vol. 15:2-4, pp. 162-163.
- Literary agent Werner Schendell (1891-1961) cautioned Essad Bey to slow down, not to appear too prolific in correspondence, dated May 8, 1934. Dr. Gerhard Hopp, "Mohammed Essad Bey: Nur Orient Für Europäer?" in Asien Afrika Lateinamerika, Vol. 25:1 (1997), p. 86, Endnote 120.
- "Love and Oil" and "Manuela"
- Essad Bey claimed he was born on a train in an autobiographical essay published in "Die literarische Welt"(Berlin, 5/1929, No. 48, page 5) after German police traced his birth to Kiev. At that time he had already written two books ("Blood and Oil in the Orient," and "Twelve Secrets of the Caucasus") in which his publishers had promoted these books as being written by native-born Bakui. Thus, the non-descript location of his birth - "on a train" - in "Die literarische Welt" provides a slick cover for claims he had made earlier in which being "born in Baku" would have lent more credibility to his writing and, thus, made his books more profitable. This was a typical practice of Nussimbaum (Essad Bey). He was always trying to lay claim to the national identity of the topics and personalities about which he wrote. When he wrote about Stalin, he was Georgian. When he wrote about Nicolas II, he was Russian. When he wrote about Persian matters of divorce, he was Persian. When he wrote about Mohammed, he was Muslim. All were very calculated efforts to convince readers that what he wrote was credible though it was often nonsense. See Betty Blair, No. 4 "Too Many Identities, Essad Bey as Core Author of Ali and Nino: Seven Reasons Why It Just Aint' So," in Azerbaijan International, Vol. 15:2-4 (2011), pp. 186-190.
- Kyiv Central Historical Archives: Fund 1164, List 1, Case 473, Page 635, according to an official letter sent to Azerbaijani philologist Abdulla Ajaloghlu, dated November 4, 2008, signed by L.Y. Demchenko, Director of the Kyiv Archives and referenced in article: "Archives: What a Hoax! Vacca's Sensational Biographical Account of Essad Bey," in Azerbaijan International, Vol. 15:2-4 (2011), pp. 146-149.
- Letter from Kyiv Central Historical Archives signed by Director L.Y. Demchenko and head of Information Department E.V. Polozova. Letter No. 02-1132, dated November 4, 2008 addressed to Azerbaijan philologist Badulla Ajaloghlu in Baku. Photo p. 159 in Azerbaijan International, Vol. 15:2-4, 2011 "Who Wrote Azerbaijan's Most Famous Novel, "Ali and Nino": The Business of Literature.
- The A.L. Nussimbaum & Binagadi Petroleum Pipeline Co. was sold to the Nobel Brothers Petroleum Company in 1914 for 131,500 rubles. Azerbaijan Republic State History Archives,Fund 392, List 1, Case 199, Page 1.
- Marriage Certificate (October 26, 1904), Georgian Central State Historical Archives, No. 675, p. 10. The marriage of Lev Nussimbaum's parents was originally registered in the Tiflis (Tbilisi) Synagogue.
- Azerbaijan Republic State History Archives, Fund 1044, List 1, Case 571, page 4.
- Lazare, Daniel. "Jews Without Borders". The Nation. Retrieved March 28, 2005. However, note that both Lazare and Reiss are secondary sources for Lev Nussimbaum's biography, not primary sources.
- Alice Schulte: "Biographie Essad-Bey," unpublished "biography," Rascher Archives at the Central Library, Zurich, Switzerland.
- Essad Bey, "Əsəd Bəy, “Şərqdə neft və qan” (1929).
- Dr. Zaza Aleksidze (Georgia): "I am sure that 'Blood and Oil in the Orient' is not an autobiography as Essad Bey claims. It is a fiction, full of tales and mistakes and no one should rely upon it as a source for reconstructing the biography of Essad Bey." Also Dr. Farid Alakbarli (Azerbaijan), "Correcting all of Essad Bey's errors in this book would be an endless job." Both in "Critics: Fact or Fiction? What Essad Bey's Contemporaries Said," in Azerbaijan International, Vol. 15:2-4 (2011), p. 169.
- Essad Bey, "OIl and Blood in the Orient" (San Francisco: Aran Press, 1997), p. 317.
- Gerhard Höpp, "Mohammed Essad Bey: Nur Orient Fur Europaäer?" (Orient for the Europeans) in Asien Afrika Lateinamerika 25:1 (Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 1997), p. 78.
- Index for "Die literarische Welt 1925-1933, Vol. 1" (Nendeln: Kraus-Thomason Organization Ltd, 1976).
- Essad Bey boasted that he was a Monarchist in "The Story of My Life" (Die Gelchichte Meines Lebens) in Die literarische Welt, Berlin, Vol. 7:5 (January 30, 1931, pp. 3-4). Essad Bey also wrote a sympathetic "biography" about Nicholas II (1935).
- Essad Bey had Erika arrested when she arrived by ship in New York. He notified authorities that she planned an assassination in the United States. It was a totally false allegation - totally imaginary, but gave Erika serious legal problems. “Gerichtssaal: Scheidungsprozess Gegen Den Schriftsteller Essad Bey / Courtroom: Divorce Proceedings Against the Writer Essad Bey.” Neues Wiener Journal 15, (1937), p. 33.
- "Los Angeles Times," November 19, 1937, p. A12.
- "The Lives of Two Writers - Yusif Vazir Chamanzaminli and Lev Nussimbaum (See the section on Cause of death)". Azerbaijan International. 15:2-4: 39. 2011.
- Reiss, Tom (2005). The orientalist : solving the mystery of a strange and dangerous life (2006 Random House trade pbk. ed.). New York: Random House. ISBN 978-0-8129-7276-4.
- Essad Bey consulted doctors in both Switzerland and Italy and they all insisted that he did not have Raynaud's Disease. However, his doctor in Positano assumed Raynaud's. Alice Schulte's unpublished hand-written 12-page manuscript entitled "Biographie Essad-Bey (in German, 1943), page 5. Archived in Central Library of the University of Zurich, Rascher Fund 78-III, A-2; B6498 and A0570.
- Armin Wegner's diary: "[Essad Bey's] bed cover was full of cigarette holes." Gerhard Höpp, "Mohammed Essad Bey: Nur Orient Für Europäer?" Asien, Afrika, Lateinamerika, 25:1 (Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 1997), p. 89.
- Wilfried Fuhrmann "Essad-Bey: im Auftrag von Mussolini und die Raynaudsche oder die Buerger Krankheit, August 25, 2009, pp. 4-5, at essadbey.de.
- "Reiss, Tom 2005, p. 34"
- Gerhard Höpp, "Mohammed Essad Bey: Nur Orient Für Europäer?" in “Asien, Afrika, Lateinamerika,” Vol. 25:1 (1997), p. 77. Also sited in Tom Reiss, 2005, p. 34.
- Giamil Vacca Mazzara, “Mohammed Es’ad-Bey: Scrittore Musulmano Dell’Azerbaigian Caucasico” (Mohammed Essad Bey: Muslim Writer from Azerbaijan Caucasus), in “Oriente Moderno” 22:10 (1942), pp. 434-443. The same claims were made by his governess Alice Schulte, in a handwritten, unpublished, short, 12-page sketch that Schulte had prepared for Essad Bey’s Swiss publisher Rascher (“Biographie Essad-Bey” 1943), archived at the Central Library at the University of Zurich (Rascher 35).
- “Mohammed Essad Bey: Starhemberg – Prince and Politician. Austrian Vice-Chancellor was Once a Friend of Hitler, But Now is a Bitter Foe of the Nazis; Once an Enemy of Italy, but Now is a Friend of Mussolini,” in “The Literary Digest,” 119, No. 23 (New York: June 8, 1935), p. 9, edited by Arthur S. Draper. Note that the article continues by explaining “Madame Essad-Bey [Erika Loewendahl] has adhered to her Jewish faith, for Moslem wives are not required to follow the husband’s creed.”
- Reiss, Tom. 'The Orientalist. Random House, 2005, p. 34
- Reiss, The Orientalist, p. 34
- Reiss, Tom. 'The Orientalist. Random House, 2005, p. 274
- Armin Wegner wrote in his diary that Essad Bey “was a Jewish Viennese journalist” and “a typical literary swindler, who was “gifted but irresponsible.” When Wegner learned that Essad bey had been buried as a Muslim “with the Koran under his head, facing the Orient,” he noted: “Thus, Essad Bey played the comedy up to the very end.” Gerhard Höpp, “Mohammed Essad Bey: Nur Orient Für Europäer?” Asien, Afrika, Lateinamerika, 25:1 (Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 1997), p. 90, Endnote 166, quoting Wegner's diary entries of September 29 to October 1, 1942. Tom Reiss also references Höpp: “The Orientalist (New York: Random House, 2005), p. 336.
- Nabih Amin Faris, Princeton, New Jersey: "The Moslem World: A Christian Quarterly Review of Current Events, Literature and Thought Among Mohammedans," Vol. 27:2, April 1937.
- Tom Reiss, The Orientalist (New York: Random House, 2005), pp. 316-317.
- "Fact or Fiction? What Essad Bey's Contemporaries Said," in Azerbaijan International, Vol. 15:2-4, pp. 166-177.
- Kalder, Daniel (15 September 2011). "The vanishing fascination of truly anonymous authors". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
- "Reasons why Yusif Vazir Chamanzaminli is the Core Author of "Ali and Nino,"". Azerbaijan International. 15.2-15.4. 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
- "Specifically, exact treatments of legendary material was taken from Essad Bey's "Blood and Oil in the Orient (1929), "Twelve Secrets of the Caucasus", "Der Kaukasus," Flussiges Gold" (Liquid Gold) and the German literary journal "Die Literarische Welt". Specific examples and text are provided in the article 'Cut and Paste' Author: Essad Bey's Fingerprints". Azerbaijan International. 15.2-15.4. 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
- Blair, Betty (2011). "Folklore: What Essad Bey Didn't Know: Portrait of the Caucasus". Azerbaijan International. 15.2-15.4. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
- "Frequently Asked Questions about the Authorship of "Ali and Nino" (specifically questions 45 and 46)". Azerbaijan International. 15.2-15.4. 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
- "Biography: The Lives of Two Writers: Yusif Vazir Chamanzaminli and Lev Nussimbaum / Essad Bey," in Azerbaijan International, Vol. 15:2-4 (2011), pp. 38–51.
- "Jewish Girl was Prototype for Nino in Novel Ali and Nino," Azerbaijan International, Vol. 15:2-4 (2011), pp. 254-261.
- Reiss, Tom, The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life, Random House, 2005, ISBN 1-4000-6265-9 (the promotional website for the book).
- "Who wrote Azerbaijan's Most Famous Novel - Ali and Nino: The Business of Literature," Azerbaijan International, Vol. 15:2-4 (2011), 366 pages.
- "Frequently Asked Questions about the Authorship of Ali and Nino," in Azerbaijan International, Vol. 15:2-4 (2011), pp. 52–137. 158 Questions, 543 Endnotes.
- "Essad Bey as Core Author of Ali and Nino: Seven Reasons Why It Just Ain't So," Azerbaijan International, Vol. 15:2-4 (2011), pp. 180–217.
- "101 Reasons why Yusif Vazir Chamanzaminli is the Core Author of Ali and Nino," Azerbaijan International, Vol. 15:2-4 (2011), pp. 262-333.
- ABC Radio National Interview by Terry Lane with Tom Reiss concentrating on the life and times of Lev Nussimbaum and the novel Ali and Nino The National Interest
- Wheatcroft, Geoffrey, "'The Orientalist': The Chic of Araby", New York Times, February 27, 2005.