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The Resource Marvellous thieves : secret authors of the Arabian Nights, Paulo Lemos Horta

Marvellous thieves : secret authors of the Arabian Nights, Paulo Lemos Horta

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Marvellous thieves : secret authors of the Arabian Nights
Title
Marvellous thieves
Title remainder
secret authors of the Arabian Nights
Statement of responsibility
Paulo Lemos Horta
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Although many of its stories originated centuries ago in the Middle East, the 1001 Nights is regarded as a classic of world literature by virtue of the seminal French and English translations produced in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Supporting the suspicion that the story collection is more Parisian than Persian, some of its most famous tales, including the stories of Aladdin and Ali Baba, appear nowhere in the original sources. Yet as befits a world where magic lamps may conceal a jinni and fabulous treasures lie just beyond secret doors, the truth of the Nights is richer than standard criticism suggests. Marvellous Thieves recovers the cross-cultural encounters--the collaborations, borrowings, and acts of literary larceny--that produced the 1001 Nights in European languages. Ranging from the coffeehouses of Aleppo to the salons of Paris, from colonial Calcutta to Bohemian London, Paulo Lemos Horta introduces readers to the poets and scholars, pilgrims and charlatans who made crucial but largely unacknowledged contributions to this most famous of story collections. Each version of the Nights betrays the distinctive cultural milieu in which it was produced and the workshop atmosphere of its compilation. Time and again, Horta shows, stories were retold and elaborate commentaries added to remake the Nights in accordance with the personalities and ambitions of the storytellers and writers. Untangling the intricate web of invention and plagiarism that ensnares the Nights, Horta rehabilitates the voices hidden in its long history--voices that mirror the endless potential of Shahrazad's stories to proliferate.--
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Horta, Paulo Lemos,
Dewey number
398.22
Index
index present
LC call number
PJ7737
LC item number
.H67 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Arabic literature
Label
Marvellous thieves : secret authors of the Arabian Nights, Paulo Lemos Horta
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The storyteller and the Sultan of France -- Marvellous thieves -- The empire of English -- The magician's interpreter -- The wiles of women -- Stealing with style -- The false caliph
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
363 pages
Isbn
9780674545052
Lccn
2016017325
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • ocn946907293
  • (OCoLC)946907293
  • 1943955
Label
Marvellous thieves : secret authors of the Arabian Nights, Paulo Lemos Horta
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The storyteller and the Sultan of France -- Marvellous thieves -- The empire of English -- The magician's interpreter -- The wiles of women -- Stealing with style -- The false caliph
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
363 pages
Isbn
9780674545052
Lccn
2016017325
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • ocn946907293
  • (OCoLC)946907293
  • 1943955

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