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The Arabian Nights


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Indispensable. Not a new version of an old favorite, but a work we ve never known.--Geoffrey O'Brien

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Preface A Note on the Text The Text of The Arabian Nights 1. Foreword 2. Prologue 3. [The Story of King Shahrayar and Shahrazad, His Vizier's Daughter] 4. [The Tale of the Ox and the Donkey] 5. [The Tale of the Merchant and His Wife] 6. [The Story of the Merchant and the Demon] 7. [The First Old Man's Tale] 8. [The Second Old Man's Tale] 9. [The Tale of King Yunan and the Sage Duban] 10. [The Tale of the Husband and the Parrot] 11. [The Tale of the King's Son and the She-Ghoul] 12. [The Tale of the Enchanted King] 13. [The Story of the Porter and the Three Ladies] 14. [The First Dervish's Tale] 15. [The Second Dervish's Tale] 16. [The Tale of the Envious and the Envied] 17. [The Third Dervish's Tale] 18. [The Tale of the First Lady, the Mistress of the House] 19. [The Tale of the Second Lady, the Flogged One] 20. [The Story of the Three Apples] 21. [The Story of the Two Viziers, Nur al-Din Ali al-Misri and Bar al-Din Hasan al-Basri] 22. [The Story of the Hunchback] 23. [The Christian Broker's Tale: The Young Man with the Severed Hand and the Girl] 24. [The Steward's Tale: The Young Man from Baghdad and Lady Zubaida's Maid] 25. [The Tailor's Tale: The Lame Young Man from Baghdad and the Barber] 26. [The Tale of the Second Brother, Baqbaqa the Paraplegic] 27. [The Tale of the Fifth Brother, the Cropped of Ears] 28. [The Story of Jullanar of the Sea] 29. [The Story of Sindbad the Sailor] Contexts Early Witnesses Anonymous ? A Ninth-Century Fragment of the Thousand Nights Al Mas'udi ? Meadows of Gold (Muruj al-Dhahab) Ibn Ishaq Al-Nadim ? The Fihrist Modern Echoes Edgar Allan Poe ? The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade Marcel Proust ? From Remembrance of Things Past Taha Husayn ? From The Dreams of Scheherazade Criticism Hugo von Hofmannsthal ? A Thousand and One Nights Josef Horovitz ? The Origins of The Arabian Nights Jorge Luis Borges ? The Translators of The Thousand and One Nights Francesco Gabrieli ? The Thousand and One Nights in European Culture Mia Irene Gerhardt ? From The Art of Story-Telling Tzvetan Todorov ? Narrative Men Andras Hamori ? A Comic Romance from The Thousand and One Nights: The Tale of Two Viziers Heinz Grotzfeld ? Neglected Conclusions of The Arabian Nights Jerome W. Clinton ? Madness and Cure in the 1001 Nights Abdelfattah Kilito ? The Eye and the Needle David Pinault ? Story-Telling Techniques in The Arabian Nights The Arabian Nights: A Chronology Selected Bibliography

About 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.


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

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