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ISBN-10: 0674986598
ISBN-13: 9780674986596
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 02/01/2019
Dimensions: 9.00" L, 5.90" W, 0.90" H

Marvellous Thieves: Secret Authors of the Arabian Nights

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Although many of its stories originated centuries ago in the Middle East, the Arabian Nights is regarded as a classic of world literature by virtue of the seminal French and English translations produced in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Supporting the suspicion that the story collection is more Parisian than Persian, some of its most famous tales, including the stories of Aladdin and Ali Baba, appear nowhere in the original sources. Yet as befits a world where magic lamps may conceal a jinni and fabulous treasures lie just beyond secret doors, the truth of the Arabian Nights is richer than standard criticism suggests.

Marvellous Thieves, which draws on hitherto neglected sources, is a brilliant, fluent and original work of literary scholarship.”
–Robert Irwin, Literary Review

“This fine book…cogently probes an influential period in the knotted and at times sordid history of the Arabian Nights, serving as a fine example to those unraveling this promiscuous and forever malleable set of stories.”
–Charles Shafaieh, Wall Street Journal

“Intelligent and engrossing…The great merit of Horta’s book is that its interest always lies in the story of the story, in mapping out the complex network of the translators, editors and travellers behind the Arabian Nights, in ways that enrich our sense of this remarkable text.”
–Shahidha Bari, Times Higher Education

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Paulo Horta has uncovered a mass of fresh evidence about key figures in the making of the Arabian Nights and communicates his startling findings with a storyteller's verve, raising many fascinating issues about the interplay of invention, imitation, translation, and plagiarism, and probing the vexed effects of the imperial gaze and the acquisition of local expertise and languages. In Marvellous Thieves, Paulo Horta has written a highly entertaining, attentive, and scholarly work of literary detection.–Marina Warner, author of Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights
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Details

ISBN-10: 0674986598
ISBN-13: 9780674986596
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 02/01/2019
Dimensions: 9.00" L, 5.90" W, 0.90" H
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