In this learned and exotic companion to the Arabian Nights, Irwin, a novelist and the author of The Middle East in the Middle Ages (Southern Illinois Univ. Pr., ), provides a history of its origins, translations, and textual editors; a treatment of the various literary approaches to the text (structuralist, folklorist, etc. ); and insight. The Arabian Nights: A Companion guides the reader into this celebrated labyrinth of storytelling. It traces the development of the stories from prehistoric India and Pharaonic Egypt to modern times. Robert Irwin is the Middle East editor for the Times Literary Supplement and a. A generous and erudite book We're in the company of someone who loves The Arabian Nights, and who has generously shared that love with us through this companion.' - Michele Roberts, Independent on Sunday 'Superlative just the sort of relaxed, informative book that Edmund Wilson might have written had he grown.
The book of The Arabian Nights has become a synonym for the fabulous and the exotic. Every child is familiar with the stories of Aladdin, Sinbad the Sailor and Ali Baba. Yet very few people, even specialists in oriental literature, have a clear idea of when the book was written or what exactly it is. Far from being a batch of. Very few people, even specialists in literature, have a clear idea of when The Arabian Nights was written or what exactly it is. Widely held in contempt in the Middle East for its frivolity and occasional obscenity, the Nights has nevertheless had a major influence on European and American culture, to the extent that the story. 13 Feb Sexual imagery does indeed dominate the Arabian Nights, to an extent that may disconcert some readers. The frame sets up the beautiful, unfaithful woman explicitly: 'Shahriyar, a mythical king in ancient times, on discovering his wife's infidelity with a kitchen servant, had the wife put to death and, from that.
The Arabian Nights has ratings and 13 reviews. Jim said: Robert Irwin's companion is a treasure to anyone intrigued by the fabulous miscellany of T. "The Arabian Nights" has become a synonym for the fabulous and the exotic. Every child is familiar with the stories of Aladdin, Sinbad the Sailor and Ali Baba. Yet very few people, even specialists in oriential literature, have a clear idea of when the book was written or what exactly it is. Far from being a batch of stories for. The Arabian Nights: A Companion by Robert Irwin. London: Allen Lane, th. Penguin Press, Pp, chronology, index. £ (hardback). Alf Layla wa -Layla (One Thousand and One Nights), or The Arabian Nights the book is more commonly known in English, continues to fascinate and arou the serious interest of.