Whatever Gets You through the Night by Andrei Codrescu
A Story of Sheherezade and the Arabian Entertainments

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"I fear each passing night that I will not receive my maintenance dose of suspense, and then I will cease to exist."--Whatever Gets You through the Night

Whatever Gets You through the Night is an irreverent and deeply funny retelling of the Arabian Nights and a wildly inspired exploration of the timeless art of storytelling. Award-winning writer Andrei Codrescu reimagines how Sheherezade saved Baghdad's virgins and her own life through a heroic feat of storytelling--one that kept the Persian king Sharyar hanging in agonizing narrative and erotic suspense for 1001 nights. For Sheherezade, the end of either suspense or curiosity means death, but Codrescu keeps both alive in this entertaining tale of how she learned to hold a king in thrall, setting with her endless invention an unsurpassable example for all storytellers across the ages. Liberated and mischievous, Codrescu's Sheherezade is as charming as she is shrewd--and so is the story Codrescu tells.


About Andrei Codrescu

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Andrei Codrescu is an award-winning poet, novelist, essayist, and NPR commentator. His recent books include "The Posthuman Dada Guide" and "The Poetry Lesson" (both Princeton).
Published April 25, 2011 by Princeton University Press. 200 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Novelist, poet, and NPR commentator Codrescu (The Poetry Lesson) displays his usual unorthodox intellect in this interpretation of the tale of Sheherezade.

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Under his scrutiny, Arabian Nights becomes larger than its sum of stories and stretches to encompass the future of humanity, the future of storytelling.

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These are the fun kinds of footnotes, the explanatory, discursive, tangential types that can deepen one’s understanding and appreciation of a work, rather that the more necessary kind of footnotes where only title and page number of a referenced work is cited.

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