"One wants to tell a story, like Scheherazade, in order not to die. It's one of the oldest urges of mankind. It's a way of stalling death." Carlos Fuentes
Magic and reality collide as one British Arab navigates the voyages of Sindbad and tries to make sense of his own family's migration from Iraq to the UK. An absorbing, moving, funny tale, full of unexpected twists and turns, Becoming Scheherazade uses the Arabian Nights as its base, stories that spared Scheherazade from the King's axe.
Becoming Scheherazade is the first iteration of a broader project aiming to collect 1,001 stories of Arabs living in the West, creating a modern parallel to the Arabian Nights and, like Scheherazade, stave off annihilation.