Marina Warner’s latest book, Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights, is a dazzling history of magical thinking, exploring the power of the Arabian Nights and its impact in the West, and retelling some of its wondrous tales. Writers and artists in every medium have found themselves by adopting Oriental disguise. With startling originality and impeccable research, Warner shows how magic, in the deepest sense, helped to create the modern world, and how profoundly it is still inscribed in the way we think today.
Marina Warner spent her early years in Cairo, and was educated at a convent in Berkshire, and then in Brussels and London, before studying modern languages at Oxford. She is an internationally acclaimed cultural historian, critic, novelist and short-story writer. Her non-fiction works include The Beast to the Blonde, No Go the Bogeyman and Fantastic Metamorphoses, while her fiction includes the novels The Lost Father (shortlisted for the Booker Prize), Indigo and The Leto Bundle, and short-story collections such as Murderers I Have Known. Her most recent book is Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights. She lectures widely in Europe, the United States and the Middle East and was appointed CBE in 2008.
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