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One Thousand and One Nights Paperback – 2013

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Magical ... bursting with jinnis and mischief Donna Tartt, The Times A treat and a trap for story lovers ... al-Shaykh has rendered nineteen little masterpieces into a wondrously warm, ribald and hilarious concoction, reminding us of how bang up to date these stories can be Hanif Kureishi, Guardian A treasure box of stories ... [they] link and loop and ensnare their readers Daniel Hahn, Independent What a woman!!! What a storyteller!!! Marjane Satrapi, author of Persepolis One of the finest writers of her generation Financial Times A book for grown-ups interested in rediscovering the One Thousand and One Nights in all its bawdy, violent glory. It is captivating Daily Mail Charming ... Al-Shaykh brings her tales to life with a wonderful earthy immediacy, informal and intimate ... Al-Shaykh's variations and narrative choices concentrate and focus the stories on the erotic passions and struggles of women and men ... [Shaharazad's] is the speech of freedom, of what is marvelous, unforeseeable, and possible New York Review of Books

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Hanan al-Shaykh is one of the contemporary Arab world's most acclaimed writers. She was born in Lebanon and brought up in Beirut, before going to Cairo to receive her education. She was a successful journalist in Beirut, then later lived in the Arabian Gulf, before moving to London. She is the author of the collection I Sweep the Sun off Rooftops and her novels include The Story of Zahra, Women of Sand and Myrrh, Beirut Blues and Only in London, shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Most recently she published the acclaimed memoir of her mother's life, The Locust and the Bird. Hanan al-Shaykh lives in central London.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing India Private Limited (2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140882776X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408827765
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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