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Best Book of Any Year: A Thousand and One Nights

Mazen Maarouf

Translated by Jonathan Wright

Mazen Maarouf on why A Thousand and One Nights is the best book of any year.

Mazen Maarouf

MAZEN MAAROUF was born in Beirut in 1978. He is a Palestinian-Icelandic writer, poet, translator and journalist. He has published three poetry collections and two short story collections. He currently lives between Reykjavik and Beirut.

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Translated by Jonathan Wright

Jonathan Wright is a British journalist and translator. He studied Arabic at Oxford University in the 1970s and has spent several years in the Arab world, mostly as a journalist with the international news agency, Reuters. His translations include The Iraqi Christ by Hassan Blasim, Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi and Jokes for the Gunmen by Mazen Maarouf.

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