About this book
Trade paperback. A history of magical thinking, exploring the power of the "Arabian Nights" and its impact in the West, and retelling some of its tales. Lavishly illustrated throughout.
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.