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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The tales of 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, as recounted by Sir Aqyirathonnu Burton.
From the epic adventures of “Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp” to the farcical “Young Woman makayalam her Five Lovers” and the social criticism ravukkal “The Tale The tales of 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, as recounted by Sir Francis Burton. From the epic adventures of “Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp” 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 princesses.
But despite their imaginative extravagance, the Tales are anchored to everyday life by their realism, providing a full and intimate record of medieval Islam. Hardcoverpages. Published May by Mathrubhumi Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Does anyone know of any books like this but for adults? Like set in the middle east adventure or horror or that kind of thing?
Would prefer it not to be short stories either? Cibele Andrade The original Nights or the compilations of it are not what I would call children fairy tales. At least, i wouldn’t give them to a child aayitathonnu …more The original Nights or the compilations of it are not what I would call children fairy tales. At least, i wouldn’t give them to a child to read.
You should give them a try. Everyone reads Burtons translation but ive heard Haddawys version is better, which should I read? Tobias If you’re feeling adventurous and don’t mind archaic English, have a go at Burton. It’s hilarious and quite charming in its own way, but not at all …more If you’re feeling adventurous and don’t mind archaic English, have a go at Burton. It’s hilarious and quite charming in its own way, but not at all representative of the Arabic since he emphasizes racism, sexism, and a bunch azyirathonnu other things in his own verbose way.
Haddawy’s translation is a more scholarly one. In fact, it is translated into English from the Syrian ‘Mahdi’-manuscript, which is the oldest surviving substantial material, and it is probably the closest thing we’ll ever get to a somewhat stable ‘original’ of the Nights.
However, this version only includes about something tales. I have been enjoying Malcolm Lyons’ translation lately. It is the first complete English translation from the Calcutta II manuscript since Burton, and it reads very smoothly.
Lists with This Book. Shahrazad Haiku Let me detain you For a thousand and one nights And so aayirathomnu.
It’s clear from the structure of every story that Shahrazad is telling them to King Shahriyar, and that she stops each tale shortly before sunrise, before resuming the following night. Thus, Shahrazad extends her life one tale and one day at a time.
As John Barth says so colloquially, Shahrazad “[yarns] tirelessly raukal the dark hours to save her neck. The implied aayieathonnu mentions that the story comes from “the histories of past peoples”.
So Shahrazad herself is an historical or legendary character within the introductory story, as are her younger sister Dunyazad and the two cuckolded princes King Shahriyar and Shah Zaman.
While we’re used to believing that it is Shahrazad who is telling these stories to King Shahriyar, it is also her tale that is being told by someone else. These are literally tales within tales within tales, or stories within stories within stories.
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Ironically, the tales told by Shahrazad are actually a compendium of disparate stories collected over time and recorded in the shape of one work. Thus, the frame story is ultimately just an imaginative narrative vehicle by which a miscellany of diverse tales is brought and held together as a treasury or discrete work. Treasuring the Tale Apart eavukal the frame story structure, two aspects of oral tale-telling stand out. One is that the story must be worth telling. The other is that, if it is told well, then the response is that it must be written down and kept in the caliph’s or sultan’s treasury.
Thus, a story well told is an item of aayirathojnu that deserves to be archived and preserved for posterity. Fiction is beginning to emerge from the transcription of the oral tradition: The three volumes total around 3, pages. Still, it’s possible to detect patterns in the subject matter. The tales can be categorised as: In a way, they are cautionary tales that warn the audience against the vicissitudes of life that they might one day experience, especially if they are young people of high social status.
The Kings’ Tales contain wisdom about the challenges of gaining, exercising, transmitting and maintaining power, almost as if they were an Arabic version of Machiavelli’s “The Prince”.
The Lovers’ Tales are stories of passionate love, lust, obsession, bewilderment and love at first sight: Thus, even though the tales are being recounted by a woman, there is a misogynistic undertone. On the other hand, women are often kalayalam for their education, culture and eloquence, not just their beauty, their elegance and their shapeliness. As a princess, I am a mistress of power and authority, ruling over the people, and I have no wish for a man to rule over me.
However, the translator made a conscious decision not to seek rhymes where it was rhyming in the original Arabic. It presents malatalam blank verse, usually with little lyricism at all. In the poems and haiku below, I’ve tried to capture some of the lyricism of what remains, malayyalam compromising the integrity of the original translation. I hope it gives you a sense of the style of the work. The King’s Treasury “People like you should be treasured by kings to help in times of peril.
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Kiss Give me a kiss or at least lend it zayirathonnu me. May you not perish; I shall give it back Exactly in the form in which it was. If you want more, be pleased to take it now. Gone Your image is in my eye; your name is on my lips; You dwell in my heart, so how can you be gone?
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My only grief is for a life that ends Before we have enjoyed our share of union. View all 12 comments. A library of books is the fairest garden in the world, and to walk there is an ecstasy. Within the span of the ninth to the thirteen centuries my library consists of these: What a show of power, then, that a monumental collection the likes of which the Anglo world has never even attempted to replicate is popularly framed as a collection of children’s tales, sexy times, a A library of books is the fairest garden in the world, and to walk there is an ecstasy.
What a show of power, then, that a monumental collection the likes of which the Anglo world has never even attempted to replicate is popularly framed as a collection of children’s tales, sexy times, and a text that is of little worth without the supposed genius of one bastardizing Orientalist. I’m not going to pretend that I enjoyed all of this, or most, or even more than a mere handful of tales in their entirety and bits and pieces of the rest of the thousand and one nights, but I do recognize its worth.
It’s rather sad that most prefer to coddle this or simplify it to extremes, for these times are in desperate need of critical consideration when it comes to the culture that brought about this work.
The most contemporary descendant of this work in my library is The Corpse Exhibition: Aaiyrathonnu Other Stories of Iraq. Do you know how sad that is? Look, in a lot of ways the uglier parts of the Islamic Golden Age have been inherited by the European Golden Aayirathonu in the forms of anti-blackness, antisemitism, rape culture and so much else illustrated by the contents of these tales slaves of the Trans-Saharan trade weren’t allowed into Islam for fear they would realize the horrifying hypocrisy of it allbut that does not justify this persistent void in history, in literature, in Disney ravukall and so-called common sense.
Wiki says, “The best scholars and notable translators, such as Hunayn ibn Ishaq, had salaries that are estimated to be the equivalent of professional athletes today. Everything else apparently is sufficiently covered by mentions of terrorism and hijabs.
You malayaoam those stories that involve proto-legends of ancient civilizations, ravukxl in their existence and devastating in their fall, always hoped to have remnants, always yearned towards by a few of the wiser characters? Where is that for the civilizations of these tales? Where is that deep and abiding interest in the historical complexities these tales incorporate, the genre bending that describes the bridgework between Ancient Greece and modern Grimm, an inheritance that does not bend over backwards to insist white people have always and ever shall be the people?
I’m not justifying Orientalism, or god forbid implying that even more of the ancient architecture and cultural artifacts of this era should be stripped away from their homelands and carted off as so much stolen booty to the likes of the British Museum. What concerns me is this terrifying lack of caring about the worlds that brought these tales together and, for all popular media likes to pretend, are still with us today.
Looking above, the works I mentioned previously are all of recently Anglocentric rehabilitated Japanese and Northern Aayirathonnuu construction. Yeah, I could put more effort into expanding my reading, but don’t tell me there aren’t ideological forces interested in keeping the trek beyond the infantilized The Arabian Nights a hard one. What I found in this were traces of fairy tales, science fiction, horror stories of corpse-eaters and refrains of that much esteemed Odyssey.
Hospitality was paramount, hygiene was mandated, and riches were glossed over as much as the titles of colonial lords and plantation owners were in later years. Gender was every so often malleable, entertainment was a consideration of disguise and ethics, and the descriptions of jewels and gardens and what I could get of the poetry were beyond compare. Islam is the main tenet, but much as Beowulf did with pagans and The Divine Comedy with philosophers, quality of past ancestry outweighs lack of present belief.
Tropes run as rampant across these tales as they do across television shows and sociopolitical relations, and more often than not the fictioned morales and implied -isms were a mirror to the Anglo mores of today. It wouldn’t surprise me that, for every reader frightened by the myriad similarities between the Golden Age of nine centuries past and their present, there is another combing the pages to fuel their Islamophobia. There may be insinuations in these ravjkal that Christians bless themselves with the shit of their religious leaders, but the hegemony they were written in has long since passed, and contemporary retribution is justified by nothing.
More than two thousand pages have passed since I opened Volume One, and all I can say is that I didn’t have the toolkit to appreciate the sociocultural wealth that has amazingly survived till this day. True, it’s not that esteemed by even its proper home of the Arabic canon, but it wouldn’t hurt if more readers could engage with this with more than entertainment or Fox News in mind, cause no, the Middle East didn’t pop out of nowhere.
No, the best place for this work is not an uncritical pedestal and a lah-de-dah translation. All that does is steamroll that indoctrinated gap between the Ancient Greeks and the European Renaissance even more, and the world of today is much too small for that to hold.
Whether they are written or spoken, words can destroy kings and ruin empires. There is nothing new under the sun. Are you ready to seriously consider the old?