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The Arabian Nights (New Deluxe Edition): Based on the Text Edited by Muhsin Mahdi Kindle Edition


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A distinguished new translation. -- Edward Said

A distinguished new translation.--Edward Said

A distinguished new translation. --Edward Said

A distinguished new translation. --Edward Said"

A fine new translation. Bawdy, colloquial and wondrously inventive.--Michiko Kakutani

Easily the clearest, most fluent and readable translation.--A. S. Byatt

The resourceful Shahrazad has never been more entertaining than in this fresh and vigorous version of this immortal book.--Doris Lessing

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

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Now as sumptuously packaged as they are critically acclaimed—a new deluxe trade paperback edition of the beloved stories.


The stories of ?The Arabian Nights ?(and stories within stories, and stories within stories within stories) are famously told by the Princess Shahrazad, under the threat of death should the king lose interest in her tale. Collected over the centuries from India, Persia, and Arabia, and ranging from adventure fantasies, vivacious erotica, and animal fables, to pointed Sufi tales, these stories provided the daily entertainment of the medieval Islamic world at the height of its glory. No one knows exactly when a given story originated, and many circulated orally for centuries before being written down; but in the process of telling and retelling, they were modified to reflect the general life and customs of the Arab society that adapted them—a distinctive synthesis that marks the cultural and artistic history of Islam.

This translation is of the complete text of the Mahdi edition, the definitive Arabic edition of a fourteenth-century Syrian manuscript, which is the oldest surviving version of the tales and considered to be the most authentic.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2029 KB
  • Print Length: 559 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; New Deluxe Edition edition (17 May 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DW1X9HA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #232,666 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 starsMy only critique is that some stories are dull, progressing slower than others
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