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Stranger Magic

Author: WARNER, MARINA
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Pub Date: 01/11/2012
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099437697
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Quick overview Magic is not a matter of the occult arts, but a way of thinking, of dreaming the impossible. As part of her exploration into the prophetic enchantments of the Nights, the author explores the figure of the dark magician or magus, from Solomon to the wicked uncle in 'Aladdin'; the complex vitality of the genies or jinn; and animal metamorphoses.
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Magic is not simply a matter of the occult arts, but a whole way of thinking, of dreaming the impossible. The supreme fiction of magical thinking is the Arabian Nights, with its flying carpets, hidden treasure and sudden revelations. As part of her exploration into the prophetic enchantments of the Nights, Marina Warner retells some of the most wonderful and lesser-known stories. She explores the figure of the dark magician or magus, from Solomon to the wicked uncle in 'Aladdin'; the complex vitality of the genies or jinn; and animal metamorphoses. With startling originality and impeccable research, this groundbreaking book 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.

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