My Thousand & One Nights: A Novel of Mecca (Middle East Literature in Translation)
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My Thousand & One Nights: A Novel of Mecca (Middle East Literature in Translation)

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A daring work of cultural experimentation, steeped in the great legends of Arabia.


The distinguished Middle Eastern author Raja Alem grew up in Mecca at a time when the holy city was on the cusp of transformation from medieval to modern. In this vanished Mecca, vividly brought to life again in My Thousand and One Nights, women hold center stage-especially Jummo, the wildly

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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Syracuse Univ Pr (Sd)
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There's such a thing as ethereal "dreamy" (A.B. Yehoshua's "The Lover"), and there is incoherency. I don't fault the author entirely in this work, but I suspect it has been overly reworked by an overexcited English-language collaborator with a "bursting-the-seams" exuberance to evoke the Arabian culture that this novel loses the reader. The introduction section gives a glimpse of how much facelift is performed while tweaking the novel into English. There are surely better works to get a closer l...more
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Way too bizarre for me to get into.
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