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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; New Deluxe Edition edition (May 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393332462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393332469
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Haddawy's translation is easily the clearest, most fluent and readable I have met." A.S. Byatt, The Sunday Times "The resourceful Shahrazad... has never been more entertaining than in this fresh and vigorous version of this immortal book." Doris Lessing, Favourite Books of the Year, The Independent"

About the Author

Husain Haddawy was born and grew up in Baghdad, taught English and comparative literature at various American universities, wrote art criticism, and is now living in retirement in Thailand.

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Scott Chamberlain VINE VOICE on February 2, 2009
This book is the follow-up companion to Haddawy's masterful Arabian Nights, and both volumes are indispensable to anyone who loves this famous collection of stories. As Haddawy explains, the need for this separate collection is made necessary by the Night's curious history....

When the work was first written down in the 1400s, it was given the title "The 1,001 Nights"--the length of time Shahrazad beguiled King Shahrayar with her wondrous tales. Despite this lofty title, the early manuscripts uniformly end after about 300 nights. It appears no one in the Muslim world minded this inconsistency, and the number 1,001 was taken figuratively to mean "an infinite number." When Europeans first "discovered" the work in the 1700s, however, they assumed these early manuscripts were incomplete and set out to "finish" the work by adding enough tales to reach the necessary 1,001 nights--drawn from other collections, folklore or brand-new stories written to order. Among these later additions are several stories that have, paradoxically, become some of the most famous, best-loved tales of all: Sindbad the Sailor, Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, and Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves.

This leads to a difficult situation when translating the Nights. If your goal is to accurately and authentically translate the work, do you include these subsequent stories? Although they may not have been part of the original manuscript, these tales have been associated with the Nights for 300 years... should that count for anything?

When Haddawy first set out to translate the Nights, he chose not to include anything outside of the original core collection of tales.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Lawson on April 12, 2011
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Sindbad and Other Stories from the Arabian Nights edited from several of the oldest Arabic versions of the stories by Muhsin Mahdi and translated into English by Husain Haddawy is by far the best edition and the best translation of the familiar stories. If you were introduced to the stories as children's stories or by way of Richard Burton's purposely anachronistic English translation, you will be surprised by how fresh the stories seem when you read Mahdi's and Haddawy's excellent version. The stories are told using a tone that one can easily imagine as that used by an accomplished story-teller enchanting a crowd of listeners.
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A fine tome detailing all of my favorite stories of long ago Arabia. Sinbad the Sailor's tales have always been a favorite of mine.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dyllan on March 31, 2013
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I got this based on The Arabian Nights' review. I knew the Sindbad and other stories, but never actually read the book. It's very very interesting also funny in some ways. I've never read other version of the book but this one is very easy and fun to read, I highly recommend it!!
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