The Arabian Nights

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Overview

This Norton Critical Edition includes twenty-eight tales from The Arabian Nights translated by Husain Haddawy on the basis of the oldest existing Arabic manuscript.
Few works of literature are as familiar and beloved as The Arabian Nights. Yet few remain also as unknown. In English, The Arabian Nights is a literary work of relatively recent date—the first versions of the tales appeared in English barely two hundred years ago. The tales are accompanied by a preface, a note on the text, and explanatory annotations.
“Contexts” presents three of the oldest witnesses to The Arabian Nights in the Arabic tradition, together in English for the first time: an anonymous ninth-century fragment, Al Mas‘udi’s Muruj al-Dhahab, and Ibn al-Nadim’s The Fihrist. Also included are three related works by the nineteenth- and twentieth-century writers Edgar Allan Poe, Marcel Proust, and Taha Husayn.
“Criticism” collects eleven wide-ranging essays on The Arabian Nights’ central themes by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Josef Horovitz, Jorge Luis Borges, Francesco Gabrieli, Mia Irene Gerhardt, Tzvetan Todorov, Andras Hamori, Heinz Grotzfield, Jerome W. Clinton, Abdelfattah Kilito, and David Pinault.
A Chronology of The Arabian Nights and a Selected Bibliography are also included.

Haddawy uses Muhsin Mahdi's widely accepted, recent, definitive edition, which is based on the 14th-century Syrian manuscript to form the first serious translation into English in more than a century.

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Editorial Reviews

Geoffrey O'Brien - Voice Literary Supplement
“Indispensable. Not a new version of an old favorite, but a work we’ve never known.”
Michiko Kakutani - New York Times
“A fine new translation. Bawdy, colloquial and wondrously inventive.”
A. S. Byatt
“Easily the clearest, most fluent and readable translation.”
Doris Lessing - The Independent
“The resourceful Shahrazad has never been more entertaining than in this fresh and vigorous version of this immortal book.”
Edward Said - The Nation
“A distinguished new translation.”
New York Times
A fine new translation. Bawdy, colloquial and wondrously inventive.— Michiko Kakutani
Sunday Times [London]
Easily the clearest, most fluent and readable translation.— A. S. Byatt
Voice Literary Supplement
Indispensable. Not a new version of an old favorite, but a work we’ve never known.— Geoffrey O'Brien
The Nation
A distinguished new translation.— Edward Said
The Independent
The resourceful Shahrazad has never been more entertaining than in this fresh and vigorous version of this immortal book.— Doris Lessing
Doris Lessing
“The resourceful Shahrazad has never been more entertaining than in this fresh and vigorous version of this immortal book.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393928082
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2009
  • Series: Norton Critical Editions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 523
  • Sales rank: 459,252
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Husain Haddawy was born and grew up in Baghdad, taught English and comparative literature at various American universities, wrote art criticism, and is now living in retirement in Thailand.

Daniel Heller-Roazen is the Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor of Comparative Literature and the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University. He is the author of The Enemy of All: Piracy and the Law of Nations; The Inner Touch: Archaeology of a Sensation, awarded the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literature Studies in 2008; Echolalias: On the Forgetting of Language; and Fortune’s Faces: The Roman de la Rose and the Poetics of Contingency. He has published articles on classical, medieval, and modern literature and philosophy and has edited, translated, and introduced Giorgio Agamben’s Potentialities: Collected Essays in Philosophy. Heller-Roazen’s books have been translated into many languages.

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