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Voices of the Desert: A novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, August 4, 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; Book Club Edition edition (August 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307266672
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307266675
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,833,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Brazilian author Piñon (Caetana's Sweet Song) returns with a new interpretation of Scheherazade's One Thousand and One Nights, this time told from Scheherazade's point of view. In ancient Baghdad, with the cuckolded caliph avenging his wife's betrayal by marrying a new virgin daily and beheading her the following morning, the young high-born Scheherazade plans to end this violent cycle. After ceding to the caliph's methodical advances on their wedding night, Scheherazade asks permission to tell him a story. With her sister Dinazarda and the slave girls Djauara and Jasmine complicit in the scheme, Scheherazade tells her magnificent tales, each cliffhanger buying her another day. Instead of narrating the tales themselves, Piñon's elegantly translated prose focuses on her characters' passions, desires and obsessions in a world where the veiled females are powerful and powerless, demure yet erotic. Emphasizing the paradoxical nature of this existence, Piñon's treatment of sexuality is at once clinical and kinky, and her frequent inversion of sexual power structures serves as the psychoanalytic motivation for her divergent rendering of the legend's conclusion. (Aug.)
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“In Piñon’s capable hands…the focus is not on the tales of Sinbad and company…but on the storyteller herself and especially on the tense psychological (and sexual) intercourse between her and the Caliph…. The result is a pensive exploration of the classic story, as well as a metafictional meditation on the repetitive and erotic rituals of storytelling itself.” —Brendan Driscoll, Booklist

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For me this is the best book written by Nelida Pinón. Of course all books written by her are superb literature pieces in Brazil and Ibero-america, but Voices from the Desert adds a very spicy and at most of times sexy description of an old story of the One Thousand and One Nights, which we all here in Brazil read when we are kids, in translated versions by mathematitian professor Malba Tahan. Vozes do Deserto is imperdivel, as we say in Portuguse. A very good book, indeed.It adds the curiosities and warmth of an oriental tale with the sensually decorated beach of Copacabana and Leblon, where Nelida lives in Rio de Janeiro.
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The stories of the One Thousand and One Nights were often told to me by my grandmother as children's stories.
Nelida Pinon's version of that long lasting love and sex story brings us into a very sensual environment, adding very hot scenes to that so famous Oriental tale.
It is somewhat like when the composer ade the opera inspired in Sherazade's strange fate.
This book adds emotions.
It is a demonstration that style and hability to write is something more than just having a good story to tell people: the right words, the right grammar and above all the side reflections will add thrill...ans sex appeal.
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