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The Arabian Nightmare

(1983)
A novel by

 
 
The hero and guiding force of this epic fantasy is an insomniac young man who, unable to sleep, guides the reader through the narrow streets of Cairo-a mysterious city full of deceit and trickery. He narrates a complex tangle of dreams and imaginings that describe an atmosphere constantly shifting between sumptuously learned orientalism, erotic adventure, and dry humor. The result is a thought-provoking puzzle box of sex, philosophy, and theology.

Reminiscent of Italo Calvino, and Umberto Eco, this cult classic is finally back in print!

"The Arabian Nightmare is a conceit worthy of Borges." (The New York Times)

"Deft and lovely . . . the smooth steely grip of Irwin's story-telling genius is a joy to read." (The Washington Post)


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Hardback Editions

May 1987 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Arabian Nightmare
Author(s): Robert Irwin
ISBN: 0-670-81661-2 / 978-0-670-81661-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Adult
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Paperback Editions

April 2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Arabian Nightmare
Author(s): Robert Irwin
ISBN: 1-58567-217-3 / 978-1-58567-217-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
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January 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: Arabian Nightmare (Contemporary English language fiction)
Author(s): Robert Irwin
ISBN: 1-873982-73-9 / 978-1-873982-73-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Dedalus Ltd
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October 1987 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Arabian Nightmare (Contemporary English language fiction)
Author(s): Robert Irwin
ISBN: 0-946626-14-6 / 978-0-946626-14-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Dedalus Ltd
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December 1990 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Arabian Nightmare (Contemporary English language fiction)
Author(s): Robert Irwin
ISBN: 1-873982-05-4 / 978-1-873982-05-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Dedalus Ltd
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April 1988 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Arabian Nightmare
Author(s): Robert Irwin
ISBN: 0-14-011216-2 / 978-0-14-011216-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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April 1988 : UK Paperback

Title: The Arabian Nightmare (Penguin Fiction)
Author(s): Robert Irwin
ISBN: 0-14-010030-X / 978-0-14-010030-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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November 1983 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Arabian Nightmare (Original Fiction)
Author(s): Robert Irwin
ISBN: 0-946626-02-2 / 978-0-946626-02-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Dedalus Ltd
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Kindle Editions

February 2011 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Arabian Nightmare
Author(s): Robert Irwin
Publisher: Dedalus
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