The first collection of poetry and prose from a rich and all too unfamiliar literary traditionSpanning the fifth to the sixteenth centuries, from Afghanistan to Spain, Night & Horses & The Desert includes translated extracts from all the major classics in an invaluable introduction to the subject. Robert Irwin has selected a wide range of Arabic poetry and prose in translation, from the most impor...
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: The Overlook Press; 1 edition (June 21, 2016)
Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.1 x 8 inches
Amazon Rank: 2686566
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Delightful. Terrific selections and the insightful commentaries are not just helpful but written so deftly that they are a literary treat in their own right...
pical texts to the very obscure. Alongside the extracts, Irwin’s copious commentary and notes provide an explanatory history of Arabic literature.What were the various genres and to what extent were they constrained by rules? What were the canons of traditional Arabic literary criticism? How were Arabic prose and poetry recited and written down? Irwin explores the literary environments of the desert, salon, mosque, and bookshop and provides brief biographies of the caliphs, princesses, warriors, scribes, dandies, and mystics who created such a rich and diverse literary culture. Night & Horses & The Desert gives western readers a unique taste of the sheer vitality and depth of the medieval Arab past.