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Tales Of The Marvellous & News Of The Strange (Hardcover)

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  • On the shrouded corpse hung a tablet of green topaz with the inscription: ‘I am Shaddad the Great.

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Product Description

  • Author
    Malcolm C Lyons  
    Binding
    hardback  
    Cat No.
    3245606  
    EAN
    978014139503653000  
    Genre
    Fantasy  
    ISBN
    9780141395036  
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd  
    Type
    Books  
  • 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.

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