A selection of the tales told by Shahrazad in an attempt to save her life, including "The Young Woman and Her Five Lovers", "The Fisherman and the Jinnee", "The Historic Fart", and "The Tale of Kafur the Black Eunuch".
'Tell me, my sister, some tale of marvel to beguile the night' The tales told by Shahrazad over a thousand and one nights to delay her execution by the vengeful King Shahriyar have become among the most popular in both Eastern and Western literature. From the epic adventures of 'Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp' and Sindbad the Sailor' to the farcical 'Young Woman and her Five Lovers' and the social criticism of 'The Tale of the Hunchback'. the stories depict a fabulous world of all-powerful sorcerers, jinns imprisoned in bottles and enchanting princess. But despite their imaginative extravagance, the Tales form the Thousand and One Nights are also anchored to everyday life by their bawdiness and realism, providing a full and intimate record of the medieval Eastern world. In this section, N.J. Dawood presents the reader with and unexpurgated translation of the finest and best-known tales, preserving their spirited narrative style in lively modern English. In his introduction, he discusses their origins in the East and their differences form Classical Arabic literature, and examines English translations of the tales since the eighteenth century.
N.J Dawood has translated a number of texts for Penguin Classics, including The Koran.
Tales from the Thousand and One NightsIntroduction Invocation Prologue The Tale of King Shahriyar and his Brother Shahzaman The Fable of the Donkey, the Ox, and the Farmer The Tale of the Hunchback The Tailor's Tale The Tale of the Lame Young Man and the Barber of Baghdad The Barber's Tale The Tale of Bakbook, the Barber's First Brother The Tale of Al-Haddar, the Barber's Second Brother The Tale of Bakbak, the Barber's Third Brother The Tale of Al-Kuz, the Barber's Fourth Brother The Tale of Shakashik, the Barber's Sixth Brother The Donkey The Fisherman and the Jinnee The Tale of King Yunan and Duban the Doctor The Tale of King Sindbad and the Falcon The Tale of the Enchanted King The Young Woman and Her Five Lovers Sindbad the Sailor and Sindbad the Porter The First Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor The Second Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor The Third Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor The Fourth Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor The Fifth Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor The Sixth Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor The Last Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor The Historic Fart Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp The Tale of Kafur the Black Eunuch The Porter and the Three Girls of Baghdad The Tale of the First Dervish The Tale of the Second Dervish The Tale of the Third Dervish The Tale of the First Girl The Tale of the Second Girl The Tale of Khalifah the Fisherman The Dream The Tale of Judar and His Brothers The Tale of Ma'Aruf the Cobbler Epilogue
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