Author: Richard F BurtonPublisher: Indialog PublicationsYear: 2003Language: EnglishPages: 576ISBN/UPC (if available): 818798158X
The Book of One Thousand and One Nights, also known as 1001 Arabian Nights or simply the Arabian Nights, is a piece of classic Arabic literature in the style of a frame tale (a story within a story). King Shahryar is so shocked by his wife’s infidelity that he kills her and gives his wazir and order to get him a new wife every night. After his time with her he kills her. When this has gone on for some time, Shahrazad, the daughter of the wazir, volunteers to become the King’s wife and begins to narrate stories which go on for a thousand and one night, so that the king’s curiosity will prevent him from having her killed. By the end of 1001 nights she has given birth to three sons. The tales include historical tales, love stories, tragedies, comedies, poems, burlesques and Muslim religious legends. Apart from these, the Arabian Nights is a rich repository of poetry.The collection brings together sixteen best tales from the original sixteen volume translation by Sir Richard Francis Burton.
INTRODUCTIONThe Story of King Shahryar and his BrotherThe Tale of the Bull and the AssThe Tale of the Three Apples(VOL I)Nur-al-din and the Damsel Anis Al-Jalis (VOL II)The Fox and the Crow(VOL III)The Poor man and his Friend in Need (VOL IV)The Caliph Omar Bin al-Khattab and the young Badawi (VOL V)Sindabad the Seaman and Sindabad the Landsman (VOL VI)Julnar the Sea-born and Badr Basim of Persia (VOL VII)Khalifah the Fisherman of Baghdad (VOL VIII)Abu Kir the Dyer and Abu Sir the Barber (VOL IX)Ma’Aruf the Cobbler and his Wife(VOL X)The Sleeper and the Waker(VOL XI)Tale of King Ins Bin Kays and his Daughter with the son of king Al’Abbas (VOL XII)Alibaba and the Forty Thieves (VOL XIII)History of the Lovers of Syria(VOL XIV)Story of the Sultan of Al Yaman and His Three Sons (VOL XV)The Linguist, the Duena and the King’s Son (VOL XVI)