One Thousand and One Nights: A Retelling

One Thousand and One Nights: A Retelling


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From one of the world's most acclaimed contemporary Arab writers: a sparkling new translation of twenty mesmerizing tales from the beloved masterpiece.

The original tales of the One Thousand and One Nights were framed as stories told by the young queen Shahrazad to her murderous husband each night in order to save her life. Lebanese writer Hanan al-Shaykh has selected twenty of the stories, translated them into modern English, and knitted them together into one cohesive narrative that is not only a perfect introduction to this Eastern classic, but also an impressive work of literature in its own right.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307958860
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/11/2013
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

HANAN AL-SHAYKH, an award-winning journalist, novelist, and playwright, is the author of Women of Sand and Myrrh and The Locust and the Bird. She was raised in Beirut and educated in Cairo.

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Praise from the UK for One Thousand and One Nights:
“Al-Shaykh’s One Thousand and One Nights is a treasure-box of stories.”
 The Independent (London)
“Magical. . . . Bursting with jinnis and mischief.”
Donna Tartt, The Times (London)
“[F]or grown-ups interested in rediscovering the One Thousand and One Nights in all its bawdy, violent glory. It is captivating.”
Daily Mail (London)
“[A]n uplifting read, precisely because [the stories] are so fantastical and transport the reader, by flying carpet, to lands filled with jinnis, princes and concubines, and also of people making contact across divides. Some of them are surprisingly erotic. Bedtime reading, for sure.”
Time Out (London)
“Hanan Al-Shaykh’s vivid ‘reimagining’ of the One Thousand and One Nights is a treat and a trap for story lovers. Like a contemporary Shahrazad, Al-Shaykh has rendered nineteen little masterpieces into a wondrously warm, ribald and hilarious concoction, reminding us of how bang up to date these stories can be.”
Hanif Kureishi, The Guardian (London)
“A brutal, bawdy, earthy and humorous narrative where the real world and the supernatural collide…. Al-Shaykh’s stories are no less beguiling than their name suggests.”
Metro (London)

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