One Thousand and One Nights

One Thousand and One Nights

A Retelling

Book - 2013
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Gathered and passed down over the centuries from India, Persia, and across the Arab world, the mesmerizing stories of One Thousand and One Nights tell of the real and the supernatural, love and marriage, power and punishment, wealth and poverty, and the endless trials and uncertainties of fate. They are related by the beautiful, wise, young Shahrazad, who gives herself up to murderous King Shahrayar. The king has vowed to deflower and then kill a virgin every night--but Shahrazad will not be defeated by the king's appetites. To save herself, she cunningly spins a web of tales, leaving the king in suspense each morning, and thus prolonging her life for another day.

Acclaimed Lebanese writer Hanan al-Shaykh has selected nineteen of these stories, retold them in modern English, and knitted them together into an utterly intoxicating collection. In al-Shaykh's hands, Shahrazad's tales are lush and evocative, rich with humor, and utterly captivating.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2013], ©2011
Edition: First American Edition
ISBN: 9780307958860
Branch Call Number: SHAYKH
Characteristics: xix, 288 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Arabian nights


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Nov 18, 2013

Ms. al-Shaykh has chosen mainly stories that feature female protagonists, including of course the voice of the original storyteller, Shaharazad. Sex, violence, cleverness, witty language, plot twists, odd coincidences & explanations--these stories are strangely wonderful.


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