Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange: A Medieval Arab Fantasy Collection

By: Lyons, Malcolm C.

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On the shrouded corpse hung a tablet of green topaz with the inscription: 'I am Shaddad the Great. I conquered a thousand cities; a thousand white elephants were collected for me; I lived for a thousand years and my kingdom covered both east and west, but when death came to me nothing of all that I had gathered was of any avail. You who see me take heed: for Time is not to be trusted.' Dating from at least a millennium ago, these are the earliest known Arabic short stories, surviving in a single, ragged manuscript in a library in Istanbul. Some found their way into The Arabian Nights but most have never been read in English before. Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange has monsters, lost princes, jewels beyond price, a princess turned into a gazelle, sword-wielding statues and shocking reversals of fortune.

Title:: Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange: A Medieval Arab Fantasy Collection

Author:: Lyons, Malcolm C.

Categories: Mythology & Folklore,

Publisher: Penguin Classics: June 2017

ISBN Number:: 0241299950

ISBN Number: 13: 9780241299951

Binding:: Paper Back

Book Condition:: New

Seller ID:: 144728