It is an expansive, infinite world which makes you imagine what you thought you could never imagine. There are over 46000 pages of the Hamza Dastan to regale you and this is only the part that was published. There may have been more in the oral realm before it was lost. And this is only one Dastanic cycle, there were several others. There are cycles within cycles, loops within loops, chapters within chapters. The length and breadth of this makes ‘The Thousand and One Nights’, the Alif Layla wa Layla, (also known as The Arabian Nights) look small. Nothing in world fiction comes close to the outstanding fusion of performance and creation that the tradition of Dastangoi represents.

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