The Meadows of Gold  

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"Another fact is undeniable. The most famous and eloquent encomiums of The Thousand and One Nights - by Coleridge, Thomas de Quincey, Stendhal, Tennyson, Edgar Allan Poe, Newman - are from readers of Galland's translation. Two hundred years and ten better translations have passed, but the man in Europe or the Americas who thinks of the Thousand and One Nights thinks, invariably of this first translation. The Spanish adjective milyunanochesco [thousand-and-one-nights-esque] ... has nothing to do with the erudite obscenities of Burton or Mardrus, and everything to do with Antoine Galland's bijoux and sorceries." --Jorge Luis Borges, "The Translators of "The Thousand and One Nights""

Lane translated against Galland, Burton against Lane; to understand Burton we must understand this hostile dynasty." --Jorge Luis Borges, "The Translators of "The Thousand and One Nights""

"Mardrus' destiny is a paradoxical one. To him has been ascribed the moral virtue of being the most truthful translator of The Thousand and One Nights, a book of admirable lascivity, whose purchasers were previously hoodwinked by Galland's good manners and Lane's Puritan qualms." --Jorge Luis Borges, "The Translators of "The Thousand and One Nights""

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"The Translators of "The Thousand and One Nights" (Spanish: "Los traductores de "Las mil y una noches"") is a text by Jorge Luis Borges, anthologized in Historia de la eternidad.

The text deals with Edward William Lane's expurgations. Borges cites Lane who says that he is unable to expurgate some fragments “because they cannot be purified without destruction.”

It consists of the following chapters:

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