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Desert Songs of the Night

1500 Years of Arabic Literature

Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Saqi Books, London, United Kingdom
Published: 13th Jul 2015
Dimensions: w 128mm h 198mm d 33mm
Weight: 449g
ISBN-10: 0863561756
ISBN-13: 9780863561757
Barcode No: 9780863561757
A unique and extraordinary collection, Desert Songs of the Night presents some of the finest poetry and prose by Arab writers, from the Arab East to Andalusia, over the last 1,500 years. From the mystical imagery of the Qur'an and the colourful stories of The Thousand and One Nights, to the powerful verses of longing of Mahmoud Darwish and Nazik al-Mala'ika, this captivating collection includes translated excerpts of works by the major authors of the period, as well as by lesser known writers of equal significance. Desert Songs of the Night showcases the vibrant and distinctive literary heritage of the Arabs. Beautifully produced, this is the ideal book for lovers of world literature and for those who seek an acquaintance with gems of Arab thought and expression.

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'Desert Songs of the Night is a wonderful introduction to fifteen centuries of a literature still largely unknown in the West, without which much of our civilizations would not have developed as they have, from the rediscovery of Aristotle by Arab commentators to the lyric poetry of Europe, from the magical world of the Arabian Nights to the modern revolutionary poets of Palestine. Absolutely essential reading for our troubled times.' Alberto Manguel; 'At a time when the world obsesses over violence and bloodletting in the Arab world, this remarkable anthology, which spans 1,500 years of Arab literary genius, is a stark reminder that there exists an untold story we keep missing about the region.' Hanan al-Shaykh; 'An arresting collection ... Dipping into this enchanting anthology one is struck by the sheer variety of voices that have emerged from the Arab world ... Hopefully, Desert Songs of the Night should inspire more English-speakers to study this wonderful language and render afresh its magnificent literary heritage.' Daily Telegraph, 4 Stars; 'This is a beautiful-looking book and inside the romance and beauty continue ... a valuable volume' Sunday Herald