"Extraordinarily good."—Times Literary Supplement
"All Arabian Nights fans should welcome this book. . . . Highly entertaining."—Chicago TribuneWho would not shudder when entering the skeleton-lined cave of the queen of the dead? How would a young man and his sister escape from the prison of a treacherous sultan? How would a poor farmer gain the hand of the beautiful daughter of the wealthiest sheik? These and thirteen more tales are spun in this stunning collection of sixteen traditional stories from the Shia tribes of southern Iraq. Gathered in the late 1940s and deftly translated to capture the elegance of the originals, these tales are full of action, adventure, love, and humor and are sure to delight anyone who has ever fallen under the spell of the Scheherezade.
"Story-telling is dying out, so treasure these."—San Francisco Chronicle
"A welcome addition to the folklore library."—Journal of Folklore Research
Appearing here for the first time in paperback, the stories in Folktales from Iraq, each accompanied by specially commissioned engravings, allow the reader to travel to a distant, imaginary land swirling with great fortunes, terrifying predicaments, and quick-witted heroes.
Charles G. Campbell (1912-53) was a scholar of Near Eastern history and religion. He is author of From Town and Tribe and Told in the Market Place. John Buckland Wright (1897-1954) was a noted engraver who illustrated more than fifty books.