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The author of the book: Robert Irwin
Edition: Penguin Books
Date of issue: November 1st 1988
ISBN 13: 9780140112160
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 6.79 MB
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Robert Irwin's seductive and disturbing fantasy classic takes the framework of the Thousand and One Nights and turns it inside out and upside down to create a phantasmagoric and sensual rendering of ancient Cairo.
The hero and guiding force of this epic fantasy is an insomniac young man who, unable to sleep, guides the reader through the narrow streets of Cairo-a city mysterious and full of deceit and trickery. He narrates a complex tangle of dreams and imaginings that describe an atmosphere which is constantly shifting between sumptuously learned orientalism, erotic adventure, and dry humor. The result is a thought-provoking Chinese puzzle box of sex, philosophy, and theology.
Reminiscent of Jorges Borges, Italo Calvino, and Umberto Eco, this cult classic is finally back in print in a U.S. edition.
About the Author: Robert Irwin was born in 1946. He read Modern history at Oxford and taught Medieval History at the University of St. Andrews. He has written six novels that have all enjoyed critical and commercial success. He is also the author of several non-fiction works about Arabic and Middle Eastern literature and history and has lectured on these subjects at the universities of London, Cambridge and Oxford.
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Read information about the authorRobert 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 non-fiction: The Middle East in the Middle Ages (1984), The Arabian Nights: A Companion (1994), Islamic Art (1997)and Night and Horses and the Desert: The Penguin Anthology of Classical Arabic Literature(1999, Alhambra(2004)and For Lust of Knowing; The Orientalists and Their Enemies(2006).
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