Saturday, December 5

The seductive charm of “The Thousand and One Nights” the mosaic of sex, violence, magic and adventures that everyone knows and few read

  • Dalia Ventura
  • BBC World News


“One Thousand and One Nights” is a collection of fantastic stories of flying carpets, magic and geniuses whose ancient origins date back to the 7th century or perhaps earlier.

“The Thousand and One Nights” is a wonderful work … although that should not be said lightly.

But if we adjust to the fact that wonder comes from the Latin words that meant admire something that surprises for the unusual and at the same time beautiful, that collection of stories that sprouted in India and Persia and was enriched by the heat of the bonfires of the nomads in their travels through North Africa and the Middle East probably deserves the adjective.

You can judge … even if you have not read the thousand and one pages of that book, because several stories have escaped from them to transport us to their fantastic worlds.

Does “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp” sound to you? Did they ever tell you about “The Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor”? Are you one of those who have that magical phrase “Open sesame” engraved in some corner of our memory? Do you remember that it was the key to enter the treasure cave in “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves”?

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