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Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Calling All Scheherazades
Abebooks UK is running a 1,001 Nights competition: the prize is one of the 3,000 special limited edition box-sets of The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nights, just released by Penguin. The three-volume set is a new translation by Malcolm and Ursula Lyons and has a recommended retail price of £125. This translation is the first into English from Arabic since Richard Burton’s seminal translation in the 1880s. The box-set also includes new translations from 18th century French of the so-called ‘orphan stories’, for which no original Arabic text remains.
To enter, write a beguiling, bewitching, brilliant story of exactly 1001 words (excluding the title), fiction or non-fiction. Jan 12th is the deadline!