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Tales from the Thousand and One Nights

Penguin Group (UK) N. J. Dawood William Harvey



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Penguin Classics
24 January 2000
Classic fiction (pre c 1945); Myth & legend told as fiction; Short stories; Penguin Black Classics; Literature, Poetry & Criticism
'Tell me, my sister, some tale of marvel to beguile the night' The tales told by Shahrazad over a thousand and one nights to delay her execution by the vengeful King Shahriyar have become among the most popular in both Eastern and Western literature. From the epic adventures of 'Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp' and Sindbad the Sailor' to the farcical 'Young Woman and her Five Lovers' and the social criticism of 'The Tale of the Hunchback'. the stories depict a fabulous world of all-powerful sorcerers, jinns imprisoned in bottles and enchanting princess. But despite their imaginative extravagance, the Tales form the Thousand and One Nights are also anchored to everyday life by their bawdiness and realism, providing a full and intimate record of the medieval Eastern world. In this section, N.J. Dawood presents the reader with and unexpurgated translation of the finest and best-known tales, preserving their spirited narrative style in lively modern English. In his introduction, he discusses their origins in the East and their differences form Classical Arabic literature, and examines English translations of the tales since the eighteenth century.
By:   Penguin Group (UK)
Illustrated by:   William Harvey
Translated by:   N. J. Dawood
Imprint:   Penguin Classics
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   303g
ISBN:   9780140442892
ISBN 10:   0140442898
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   24 January 2000
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

N.J Dawood has translated a number of texts for Penguin Classics, including The Koran.

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