Robert Irwin





Robert Irwin

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January 01, 1946

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Robert Irwin was born in 1946. He read Modern History at Oxford and taught Medieval History at the University of St Andrews. He also lectured on Arabic and Middle Eastern History at the universities of London, Cambridge and Oxford. He is the commissioning editor for the TLS for The Middle East and writes for a number of newspapers and journals in the UK and the USA.

Robert Irwin goes rollerblading most days and takes part in rollerblading marathons.His other pursuits include juggling, pinball and cooking.

He has published six novels: The Arabian Nightmare (1983), The Limits of Vision (1986), The Mysteries of Algiers (1988), Exquisite Corpse (1995), Prayer-Cushions of the Flesh (1997) and Satan Wants Me (1999). He is the author of six works of
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The Arabian Nightmare
3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 298 ratings — published 1983 — 21 editions
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Satan Wants Me
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Exquisite Corpse
3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 150 ratings — published 1995 — 17 editions
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The Arabian Nights: A Compa...
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 78 ratings — published 1997 — 7 editions
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Night and Horses and the De...
4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 67 ratings — published 1999 — 6 editions
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Memoirs of a Dervish: Sufis...
3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 48 ratings — published 2011 — 3 editions
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The Alhambra
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Dangerous Knowledge: Orient...
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Prayer-Cushions of the Flesh
3.0 of 5 stars 3.00 avg rating — 58 ratings — published 1997 — 9 editions
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The Limits of Vision
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“In the realm of the phenomenal, "less is more" only when less is the sum total of more.”
Robert Irwin

“The Christian, when he had calmed down sufficiently, admitted that the riddle was good. “I have created something cleverer than myself," he cried.'
Here Yoll interrupted himself. 'I do not understand his astonishment, for who has not heard of a storyteller who is stupider than the story he invents?”
Robert Irwin, The Arabian Nightmare

“One day he became conscious that something was following him, a lazy white dog, a bitch with heavy dugs, padded behind him, whining continuously. When Balian sat collapsed in the shadows of the houses, the dog would circle him, breathing heavily and whining, her lips hanging loose in a sly sort of grin. In streets, in deserted ruins and in crowded market places Balian was aware that a flabby white shadow trailed behind him, and at nights, when Balian slept in the open, the dog would lie down too at a distance, panting in the hot night air.”
Robert Irwin, The Arabian Nightmare

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