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A Hundred and One Nights

English · Hardback

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A luminous translation of Arabic tales of enchantment and wonder

Known to us only through North African manuscripts, and translated into English for the first time, A Hundred and One Nights is a marvelous example of the rich tradition of popular Arabic storytelling. Like its more famous sibling, the Thousand and One Nights, this collection opens with the frame story of Shahrazad, the gifted vizier's daughter who recounts imaginative tales night after night in an effort to distract the murderous king from taking her life. A Hundred and One Nights features an almost entirely different set of stories, however, each one more thrilling, amusing, and disturbing than the last. In them, we encounter tales of epic warriors, buried treasures, disappearing brides, cannibal demon women, fatal shipwrecks, and clever ruses, where human strength and ingenuity play out against a backdrop of inexorable, inscrutable fate.

Although these tales draw on motifs and story elements that circulated across cultures, A Hundred and One Nights is distinctly rooted in Arabic literary culture and the Islamic tradition. It is also likely much older than Thousand and One Nights, drawing on Indian and Chinese antecedents. This careful edition and vibrant translation of A Hundred and One Nights promises to transport readers, new and veteran alike, into its fantastical realms of magic and wonder.

A bilingual Arabic-English edition.


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Translated by Bruce Fudge

Summary

Like its more famous sibling, the Thousand and One Nights, this collection opens with the frame story of Shahrazad, the gifted vizier's daughter who recounts imaginative tales night after night in an effort to distract the murderous king from taking her life. It is distinctly rooted in Arabic literary culture and the Islamic tradition.

Product details

Assisted by Bruce Fudge (Editor), Bruce Fudge (Translation)
Publisher New York Univ Pr
 
Languages English
Product format Hardback
Released 31.10.2016
 
EAN 9780814745199
ISBN 978-0-8147-4519-9
No. of pages 416
Dimensions 155 mm x 234 mm x 33 mm
Weight 764 g
Series Library of Arabic Literature
Library of Arabic Literature
Subject Fiction > Narrative literature

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