The Arabian Nights by Wafa Tarnowaska


The Arabian Nights by Wafa Tarnowaska

Lebanese author Wafa' Tarnowska opens a window onto the Arab world with her magnificent new translation of eight stories from A Thousand and One Nights. This edition is notable for combining favourites such as 'Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp' with less familiar tales such as 'The Diamond Anklet' and 'The Speaking Bird and the Singing Tree'. The collection also features the frame story about Shahriyar and Shahrazade. A classic of world literature, newly translated by an Arab author who has divided her adult life between Europe and the Middle East, and who has based this retelling on a fourteenth-century Syrian manuscript. Sumptuous illustrations by French illustrator Carole Henaff, who has travelled in the Arab world and now lives with her family in Barcelona.

About the Author

Wafa' Tarnowska was born in Lebanon, has lived in Australia, India, Cyprus and Poland, and is currently based in Dubai. In her work, Wafa' strives to create a valuable bridge between East and West, helping to break down the stereotypical images that western peoples have about the East, and vice versa. Wafa' is also the author of The Seven Wise Princesses (2000), a retelling for children of the Sufi writer Nizami's medieval classic Haft Paykar. Carole Henaff gains much inspiration from her travels, and is never without her sketchbook. She studied theatrical literature in Paris, before moving to Barcelona to study graphic design and illustration. Now a freelance illustrator, Carole has created images for magazines in many parts of the world. She has illustrated children's books in France and Spain, including Smara, which was awarded the Isaac Diaz Pardo prize for Best Illustrated Book, 2006. This is Carole's first project for Barefoot Books.

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128 pages


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Publication date

1st October 2010



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