Tales from the 1001 Nights
Tell me, my sister, some tale of marvel to beguile the night.
The tales told be Shahrazad over a thousand and one nights to delay her execution by the vengeful King Shahriyar have become among the most popular in both Eastern and Western literature. From the epic adventures of Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp and Sinbad the Sailor to the farcical Young Woman and her Five Lovers and the social criticism of The Tale of the Hunchback, the stories depict a fabulous world of all-powerful sorcerors, jinns imprisoned in bottles and enchanting princesses. But despite their imaginative extravagance, the Tales from the Thousand and One Nights are also anchored to everyday life by their bawdiness and realism, providing a full and intimate record of the medieval Eastern world.