The latest addition to my website is Rafik Schami‘s Erzähler der Nacht (Damascus Nights). Salim is a great coach driver and a great story-teller. However, he owes his story-telling ability to his good fairy and one day she tells him that she is retiring and he will become dumb. If he gets seven unique gifts from seven people within three months, she will be replaced. His seven friends come up with various ideas but none work, till they realise that each one has to tell a story. We follow each of the stories and something of the man telling the story but this book, is above all, about story-telling, Arabian Nights style and very good stories they are.