An allegory from the Arabian nights: the City of Brass

@article{Hmori1971AnAF,
  title={An allegory from the Arabian nights: the City of Brass},
  author={Andr{\'a}s H{\'a}mori},
  journal={Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies},
  year={1971},
  volume={34},
  pages={9 - 19}
}
  • A. Hámori
  • Published 1 February 1971
  • History
  • Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
Gloomiest of travelogues, the tale of the City of Brass engages our attention in puzzling ways. Through its maze of stations conventional pessimism and the old cry ubi sunt are staged, sensed, and at last transcended. I am attempting a few remarks here on the nature and fascination of this maze, hoping to demonstrate its coherence and to show the source of its power. The story is an account of an archaeological expedition that consists of two parts: one planned and one fortuitous. In the… 
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