Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Fiction Influenced by the Nights

Fiction books, plays and short stories either based on the Nights or that contain a prominent "Nights theme." This list is not a list of "versions" of the Nights nor is it a list of books that simply mention the Nights. I have included both short stories and plays here, though operas, film and tv have their own pages.

Please email me your additional suggestions (email address via profile above) instead of commenting below and I’ll add to the list. I expect it to grow and also will add additional lists on other genres to the site shortly.

Al-Hakim, Tawfiq.  Shahrazad (1943).

---.   The Wisdom of Solomon (1943).

Anaya, Rudolfo. Serafina's Stories (2004).

Barth, John. Chimera (three linked novellas) (1972).

---. The Book of Ten Nights and a Night: Eleven Stories (2004).

---. The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor (1991).

Beachcroft, Nina. The Genie and Her Bottle. London: Mammoth, 1992.

Borges, Jorge Luis. "La camara de las estatuas" ("The Chamber of Statues") (1933). Short story based on The City of Labtayt.

---. "Historia de los dos que sonaron" ("Story about the Two Who Dreamt"). Short story using "The Ruined Man Who Became Rich Again through a Dream."

---. "Emma Zunz" (1964).

Boudjedra, Rachid. Les Mille et une Annees de la nostalgie (The Thousand and One Years of Nostalgia) (1979).

Byatt, A.S. - The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye (1994).

Cullen, Seamus. A Noose of Light. London: Futura, 1986.

-----.  The Sultan’s Turret. London: Futura, 1986.

Daly, Augustin. An Arabian Night in the Nineteenth Century: A Comedy in Four Acts. First production: Daly's Theatre, November 29, 1879. New York, 1844.

Dennis, Ian. The Prince of Stars in the Cavern of Time. Woodstock, NY: Overlook P, 1989.

Djebar, Assia. A Sister to Scheherazade. Heinemann, 1993.

Gardner, Craig Shaw. The Other Sinbad. New York: Ace, 1991.

-----.  A Bad Day for Ali Baba. New York: Ace, 1992.

-----.  Scheherazade’s Night Out. New York: Ace, 1992.

Gautier, Theophile.  La mille et deuxieme Nuit (1923).

Goulden, Shirley. The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor. Illustrated by Maraja. London: W. H. Allen, 1964.

Gueullette, Thomas. Les Mille et Un Quarts d’heure. 1785. Cabinet des Fées 4. 2 vols. Arles: Éditions Philippe Picquier, 1994.

Gün, Güneli. On the Road to Baghdad: A Picaresque Novel of Magical Adventures, Begged, Borrowed, and Stolen from the Thousand and One Nights.  London: Picador, 1994.

Hariharan, Githa. When Dreams Travel (1999).

Hauff, Wilhelm. Sämtliche Märchen. 1826-28. Ed. Sibylle von Steinsdorff.

-----. Tales. Trans. S. Mendel. 1886. Bohn’s Popular Library. London: Bell, 1914.

Horch, Daniel. The Angel with One Hundred Wings: A Tale from the Arabian Nights. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2002.

Hussein, Taha. Sheherzad's Dreams (1943).

Irwin, Robert. The Arabian Nightmare (1983).

Jeon JinSeok. One Thousand and One Nights. Illustrated by Han Seughee. Vol 1-6. 2004-2006. Trans HyeYoung Im & J. Torres. Seoul: Ice-Kunion.

Joyce, James. Finnegans Wake (1939).

Khoury, Elias. Gate of the Sun (1998).

Langley, Noel. The Land of Green Ginger.  Harmondsworth: Puffin, 1975.

Lemirre, Elisabeth, ed. La Bibliothèque des Génies et des Fées.  Arles: Éditions Philippe Picquier, 1994.

Mahfouz, Naguib. Arabian Nights and Days (1995). Arabic title: Layali alf lela.

Maltaite, Eric. Les 1001 Nuits de Schéhérazade. Paris: Albin Michel, 2001.

Manuel, Don Juan. Count Lucanor, or The Fifty Pleasant Tales of Patronio. 1335. Trans James York. Broadway translations. London & New York: George Routledge & E. P. Dutton, n.d.

Masters, Phil. Arabian Nights: Magic and Mystery in the Land of the Djinn. Ed. Steve Jackson and Susan Pinsonneault. Austin, Tx: Steve Jackson Games, 1993

Meredith, George. The Shaving of Shagpat: An Arabian Entertainment (1856).

Mernissi, Fatima.  Dreams of Trespass. 1994.

Miles, Keith. Arabian Adventure: Based on an Original Screenplay by Brian Hayles. London: Mirror, 1979.

Morier, James. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan. 1824. New York: Hart, 1976.

Nissaboury, Mostafa.  La mille et deuxieme Nuit (1975).

O’Neill, Anthony. Scheherazade: A Tale (2001).

Pickard, William Bashyr. The Adventures of Alcassim: An Iranian Entertainment. London: Jonathan Cape, 1936.

Poe, Edgar Allen. "The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade" (1845).

Potocki, Jan. The Manuscript Found in Saragossa (1805-1815).

Resnick, Mike, and Martin H. Greenberg, ed. Aladdin: Master of the Lamp. New York: Daw Books, 1992.

Ross, Jack, ed. Parodies of the Arabian Nights (1992).

Roth, Joseph. The Tale of the 1002nd Night (1939).

Rushdie, Salman. Midnight's Children (1981).

---. Haroun and the Sea of Stories (1990).

Schami, Rafik.  Damascus Nights (1995).

Sebbar, Leila.  Les carnets de Sherazade (1985).

---.  Le Fou de Sherazade (1991).

---.  Sherezade, 17 ans, brune, frise, les yeux verts (1982).

Shwartz, Susan, ed. Arabesques: More Tales of the Arabian Nights (1988).

Smullyan, Raymond. The Chess Mysteries of the Arabian Knights. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1992.

Stevenson, Robert Louis. New Arabian Nights (1882).

----. More New Arabian Nights: The Dynamiter (1885); co-written with Fanny Van De Grift Stevenson.

----. Island Nights' Entertainments (also known as South Sea Tales) (1893).

Visotzky, Burton L. A Delightful Compendium of Consolation: A Fabulous Tale of Romance, Adventure and Faith in the Medieval Mediterranean (2008).

Voegeli, Max. The Wonderful Lamp.  Trans. E. M. Prince. London: Oxford UP, 1955.

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