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A New Translation
Paperback Book
WW Norton
September, 2021
$19.95 CAD
Publisher’s Description: 

A Buzzfeed Best Book of the Year

A dynamic French-Syrian translator, lauded for her lively poetic voice, tackles the enchanted world of Aladdin in this sparkling new translation.

Long defined by popular film adaptations that have reductively portrayed Aladdin as a simplistic rags-to-riches story for children, this work of dazzling imaginationand occasionally dark themesfinally comes to vibrant new life. In the capital of one of Chinas vast and wealthy kingdoms, begins Shahrazad the tales imperiled-yet-ingenious storytellerthere lived Aladdin, a rebellious fifteen-year-old who falls prey to a double-crossing sorcerer and is ultimately saved by the ruse of a princess.

One of the best-loved folktales of all time, Aladdin has been capturing the imagination of readers, illustrators, and filmmakers since an eighteenth-century French publication first added the tale to The Arabian Nights. Yet, modern English translators have elided the storys enchanting whimsy and mesmerizing rhythms. Now, translator Yasmine Seale and literary scholar Paulo Lemos Horta offer an elegant, eminently readable rendition of Aladdin in what is destined to be a classic for decades to come.

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