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Cover artist  Rachana Shah
Subject  Various
Media type  Print (Hardback)
Author  Tahir Shah
Genre  Fiction
Preceded by  Timbuctoo
4.4/5 Goodreads

Language  English
Publication date  June 8, 2013
Originally published  8 June 2013
Page count  136
Country  United Kingdom
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Publisher  Secretum Mundi Publishing
Similar  Timbuctoo, Beyond the Devil's Teeth, Sorcerer's Apprentice, House of the Tiger King, Trail of Feathers

Tahir shah and the origin of scorpion soup


Scorpion Soup is a limited edition collection of stories by the travel writer and novelist Tahir Shah. The book was released on June 8, 2013 by Secretum Mundi Publishing.

Contents

Tahir shah and the introduction to scorpion soup


Overview

The collection is unusual in that all 18 stories link into one another, starting with a first person story about a fisherman, and returning to that same character. Inspired by the Arabian Nights, Shah experiments with interwoven layers, allowing one tale to flow into the next in a technique known as the Frame story. As occurs in the Arabian Nights, there is often no ending to one story before the next begins. The book has been inspired and is an homage to his grandfather, Ikbal Ali Shah.

The stories of Scorpion Soup

  • The Fisherman
  • Idyll
  • Capilongo
  • Mittle-Mittle
  • The Tale of the Rusty Nail
  • The Shop That Sold Truth
  • Frogland
  • The Book of Pure Thoughts
  • The Fish’s Dream
  • Scorpion Soup
  • The Clockmaker’s Bride
  • The Most Foolish of Man
  • The Man Whose Arms Grew Branches
  • The Hermit
  • Cat, Mouse
  • The Singing Serpents
  • The Princess of Zilzilam
  • Illustrations

    Scorpion Soup is illustrated with fold out maps from the Atlas Maior by the great seventeenth century Dutch cartographer Joan Blaeu.

    Reviews

  • Stories within stories: A review of Tahir Shah’s ‘Scorpion Soup’ in The Toronto Review of Books.
  • Review: Scorpion Soup in Bookfabulous blog.
  • Book Review in Mystical Faction blog.
  • Like a Moth to a Flame in The Uncustomary book review.
  • An Intriguing Story within a Story in What Nikki reads.
  • References

    Scorpion Soup Wikipedia


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