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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $16
  • December 2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-92808-2
  • 5.2 × 8.4 in / 544 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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The Arabian Nights

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Husain Haddawy (Translator), Daniel Heller-Roazen (Editor, Princeton University), Muhsin Mahdi (Editor)

 

Endorsements & Reviews

“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

    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

    1. Early Witnesses
      1. Anonymous • A Ninth-Century Fragment of the Thousand Nights
      2. Al Mas’ūdi • Meadows of Gold (Murūj al-Dhahab)
      3. Ibn Ishāq Al-Nadīm • The Fihrist
    2. Modern Echoes
      1. Edgar Allan Poe • The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade
      2. Marcel Proust • From Remembrance of Things Past
      3. Taha Husayn • From The Dreams of Scheherazade

    Criticism

    1. Hugo von Hofmannsthal • A Thousand and One Nights
    2. Josef Horovitz • The Origins of The Arabian Nights
    3. Jorge Luis Borges • The Translators of The Thousand and One Nights
    4. Francesco Gabrieli • The Thousand and One Nights in European Culture
    5. Mia Irene Gerhardt • From The Art of Story-Telling
    6. Tzvetan Todorov • Narrative Men
    7. Andras Hamori • A Comic Romance from The Thousand and One Nights: The Tale of Two Viziers
    8. Heinz Grotzfeld • Neglected Conclusions of The Arabian Nights
    9. Jerome W. Clinton • Madness and Cure in the 1001 Nights
    10. Abdelfattah Kilito • The Eye and the Needle
    11. David Pinault • Story-Telling Techniques in The Arabian Nights

    The Arabian Nights: A Chronology

    Selected Bibliography