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The Magic Lamp


Alfred L. Cobbs


Syrian-born Rafik Schami is an award-winning author whose fiction draws on his experience as an ethnic minority in Germany. His fairy tales and other fantastic stories often combine elements of the traditional European fairy tale with realistic elements from the Arab tradition of storytelling in order to deal critically and satirically with the problems faced by ethnic minorities in Germany. “The Magic Lamp” is a translation of his story “Die Wunderlampe” (1985).