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The Arabian Nights : a Companion.

Author: Robert Irwin
Publisher: London : I.B. Tauris, 2010.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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""The Arabian Nights"" has become a synonym for the fabulous and the exotic. Every child is familiar with the stories of Aladdin, Sinbad the Sailor and Ali Baba. Yet very few people, even specialists in oriential literature, have a clear idea of when the book was written or what exactly it is. Far from being a batch of stories for children, ""The Arabian Nights"" contains hundreds of narratives of all kinds -  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Irwin, Robert.
Arabian Nights : A Companion.
London : I.B. Tauris, ©2010
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Irwin
ISBN: 9780857710512 0857710516
OCLC Number: 843203755
Description: 1 online resource (359 pages)
Contents: Cover; Contents; Preface to the Second Edition; Introduction; 1. Beautiful Infidels; 2. The Book without Authors; 3. Oceans of Stories; 4. The Storyteller's Craft; 5. Street Entertainments; 6. Low Life; 7. Sexual Fictions; 8. The Universe of Marvels; 9. Formal Readings; 10. Children of the Nights; Chronology; Notes; Index.

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""The Arabian Nights"" has become a synonym for the fabulous and the exotic. Every child is familiar with the stories of Aladdin, Sinbad the Sailor and Ali Baba. Yet very few people, even specialists in oriential literature, have a clear idea of when the book was written or what exactly it is. Far from being a batch of stories for children, ""The Arabian Nights"" contains hundreds of narratives of all kinds - fables, epics, erotica, debates, fairy tales, political allegories, mystical anecdotes and comedies. It is a labyrinth of stories within stories. Widely held in contempt in the Middle Eas.

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