One Thousand and One Nights by Hanan Al-Shaykh
A Retelling

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Suprising and delightful, al-Shaykh's masterful work has restored the tale to contemporary relevance.
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Gathered and passed down over the centuries from India, Persia, and across the Arab world, the mesmerizing stories of One Thousand and One Nights tell of the real and the supernatural, love and marriage, power and punishment, wealth and poverty, and the endless trials and uncertainties of fate. They are related by the beautiful, wise, young Shahrazad, who gives herself up to murderous King Shahrayar. The king has vowed to deflower and then kill a virgin every night—but Shahrazad will not be defeated by the king’s appetites. To save herself, she cunningly spins a web of tales, leaving the king in suspense each morning, and thus prolonging her life for another day.

Acclaimed Lebanese writer Hanan al-Shaykh has selected nineteen of these stories, retold them in modern English, and knitted them together into an utterly intoxicating collection. In al-Shaykh’s hands, Shahrazad’s tales are lush and evocative, rich with humor, and utterly captivating.
 

About Hanan Al-Shaykh

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Hanan al-Shaykh, an award-winning journalist, novelist, and playwright, is the author of the short story collection I Sweep the Sun off Rooftops; the novels The Story of Zahra, Women of Sand and Myrrh, Beirut Blues, and Only in London; and a memoir about her mother, The Locust and the Bird. She was raised in Beirut, educated in Cairo, and lives in London.











Author Residence: London, England











Author Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon
 
Published June 11, 2013 by Anchor. 322 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jun 10 2013

Suprising and delightful, al-Shaykh's masterful work has restored the tale to contemporary relevance.

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A lovely book, and a wonderful revisiting of tales that, told once again, are meant to inspire...

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