The Book of Travels
The Book of Travels
by (Author), Elias Muhanna (Translator), Johannes Stephan (Editor) and (Afterword author)

The adventures of the man who created Aladdin

The Book of Travels is ?ann? Diy?b?s remarkable first-person account of his travels as a young man from his hometown of Aleppo to the court of Versailles and back again, which forever linked him to one of the most popular pieces of world literature, the Thousand and One Nights.

Diy?b, a Maronite… (more)

The adventures of the man who created Aladdin

The Book of Travels is ?ann? Diy?b?s remarkable first-person account of his travels as a young man from his hometown of Aleppo to the court of Versailles and back again, which forever linked him to one of the most popular pieces of world literature, the Thousand and One Nights.

Diy?b, a Maronite Christian, served as a guide and interpreter for the French naturalist and antiquarian Paul Lucas. Between 1706 and 1716, Diy?b and Lucas traveled through Syria, Cyprus, Egypt, Tripolitania, Tunis, Italy, and France. In Paris, ?ann? Diy?b met Antoine Galland, who added to his wildly popular translation of the Thousand and One Nights several tales related by Diy?b, including ?Aladdin? and ?Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.? When Lucas failed to make good on his promise of a position for Diy?b at Louis XIV?s Royal Library, Diy?b returned to Aleppo. In his old age, he wrote this engaging account of his youthful adventures, from capture by pirates in the Mediterranean to quack medicine and near-death experiences.

Translated into English for the first time, The Book of Travels introduces readers to the young Syrian responsible for some of the most beloved stories from the Thousand and One Nights.

A bilingual Arabic-English edition.

 

Publisher: Nyu Press (May 04, 2021)

File size: 7 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English

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