The Global Influence of the Arabian Nights
Date: July 16, 2020, 19:00 - 20:00
Location: Live Webinar on Zoom
The Bookseller and the Sheikh Zayed Book Award organized a Virtual Webinar titled ‘The Global Influence of the Arabian Nights’.
The discussion unpacked the legacy of the Nights and explored its place in western literary traditions.
Spanning centuries and continents, The Arabian Nights is a monument to world literature and the ageless art of storytelling. The impact and legacy of the Nights is often underestimated, although its influence on modern literature - from Marcel Proust and James Joyce to Vladimir Nabokov and Margaret Atwood - is unmistakable.
The Webinar was chaired by The Bookseller’s Features Editor Tom Tivnan, and hosted authors Marina Warner and Richard van Leeuwen, both of whom have won the Sheikh Zayed Book Award for their respective books exploring the Nights, and translator of Aladdin Yasmine Seale.