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Wednesday, 30th September, 2020

Paulo Lemos Horta

Paulo Lemos Horta

Paulo Lemos Horta is the author of Marvellous Thieves: Secret Authors of the Arabian Nights, Aladdin: A New Translation, a Buzzfeed Best Book of the Year, and of Cosmopolitanisms. His writing has been translated into French, Portuguese, and Turkish. A graduate of the University of Toronto, he is a professor at New York University, and resides in Barcelona. Mentions of his work have recently, with the release of the Disney film of Aladdin, appeared in TIME, Life, The New Yorker, and the Guardian. His writing has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement and the LA Review of Books.


Aladdin and Other Marvellous Tales

Paulo Lemos Horta in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy

Writer and translator Paulo Lemos Horta has written on the cultural and literary history of the Arabian Nights and of the travellers, translators and storytellers who gave the world these unforgettable tales in his 'Marvellous Thieves: Secret Authors of the Arabian Nights' and his more recent 'Aladdin: A New Translation'. In 'Aladdin', Horta takes us on a dazzling journey, interweaving and reinventing the dark themes and enchanting whimsy of a classic that has transfixed us for ages. In conversation with Festival producer Sanjoy K. Roy, Horta speaks of the stories, along with the stories behind the stories,to provide a fascinating glimpse of the great cultural reservoir of Arab, Persian and Indian narratives, bringing the literary process to life.