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The Arabian Nights: A Companion

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The book of The Arabian Nights has become a synonym for the fabulous and the exotic. Every child is familiar with the stories of Aladdin, Sinbad the ... Show synopsis

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  • The Arabian Nights: A Companion (Viking Books) – Hardcover (1994)
    by Robert Irwin

    The Arabian Nights: A Companion

    Hardcover, Viking Books
    1994
    English
    352 pages

    ISBN: 0713991054
    ISBN-13: 9780713991055

    Widely held in contempt in the Middle East for their frivolity and occasional obscenity, "The Arabian Nights" have nevertheless had a major influence on European and American culture, to the extent that the story collection must be considered as a key work in Western literature. This book guides the reader into this labyrinth of storytelling. It traces the development of the stories, their translation and the ways in which they have been added to, plagiarized and imitated. Above all, it uses the stories as a guide to the ... Show more

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Overall customer rating: 5.000
Joel S

Wonderful Scholarly/Popular Bool

by Joel S on Feb 23, 2012

This book illuminates the Thousand and One Nights on many levels and remains quite readable while doing it. It treats the book and the reader and the traditional roots of the Alf Laylah seriously and respectfully. It brings the reader out of the usual fairy-tale misunderstanding of The Arabian Nights into a mature and informed view of a literary treasure chest of enjoyable tales.

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