By Robert Irwin,Bruce Fudge
Known to us in basic terms via North African manuscripts, and translated into English for the 1st time, A Hundred and One Nights is a wonderful instance of the wealthy culture of well known Arabic storytelling. Like its extra well-known sibling, the Thousand and One Nights, this assortment opens with the body tale of Shahrazad, the talented vizier’s daughter who recounts resourceful stories evening after evening so as to distract the murderous king from taking her life. A Hundred and One Nights features a virtually solely varied set of news, besides the fact that, each extra exciting, a laugh, and tense than the final. In them, we come upon stories of epic warriors, buried treasures, disappearing brides, cannibal demon ladies, deadly shipwrecks, and shrewdpermanent ruses, the place human power and ingenuity play out opposed to a backdrop of inexorable, inscrutable fate.
Although those stories draw on motifs and tale parts that circulated throughout cultures, A Hundred and One Nights is incredibly rooted in Arabic literary tradition and the Islamic culture. it's also most likely a lot older than Thousand and One Nights, drawing on Indian and chinese language antecedents. This cautious variation and colourful translation of A Hundred and One Nights promises to move readers, new and veteran alike, into its fantastical geographical regions of magic and wonder.
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