Saturday, March 20, 2010
Lyons Edition set for Paperback Release
The newest English translation of the Nights by Malcolm and Ursula Lyons will be available in paperback via Penguin very shortly. Previously available in a limited UK hardcover release for about 100 pounds (three volumes) this will make for a more widely accessible version.
I'm still up in the air about the Lyons translation. While it contains many stories not typically available in most translations it does quite a number on the inherent sexuality of the Nights and ultimately loses some of the poetry of the language. I'm still partial to Dawood's handling of the stories, though Jack Zipes also has a very very readable to contemporary audiences version of the Nights as well.
Here's the Amazon listing for the Lyons' version (which will be available in May):
Check the label marked "Lyons reviews" below on the right side of the blog for more info on their translation and lists of reviews of it as well.
Thanks, Moti, for passing this info on to me by the way.