Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange (A Penguin Classics Hardcover)

The first English translation of this astonishing number of medieval Arab fable stories

A nice cache of old, magical tales within the related culture as The Arabian Nights, Tales of the Marvellous and information of the Strange is a unprecedented locate. relationship from no less than a millennium in the past, those are the earliest-known Arabic brief tales, which survived in one, ragged manuscript in a library in Istanbul. a few stumbled on their approach into The Arabian Nights, yet so much have by no means been learn in English sooner than. Composed to fascinate their unique audiences, those fascinating, surreal, baffling, and lovely tales are certainly either fantastic and weird.

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