One Thousand and One NightsHanan Al-Shaykh
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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