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The Shaving of Shagpat: An Arabian Entertainment, is a fantasy novel by George Meredith, first published in 1856. It is a humorous oriental romance and allegory that tells the tale of Shibli Bagarag, a Persian barber, and Noorna, an enchantress. They are given the quest of shaving the tyrant Shagpat, who has magical hair that lets him retain power over the city. During his quest, Shibli acquires a magic sword and meets a series of exotic creatures, including a talking hawk and several genies. Unpopular in its day despite good reviews, it now holds a good reputation as a classic of fantasy literature.
This book has 91,922 words, 153 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1856.
Production notes: This ebook of The Shaving of Shagpat was published by Global Grey in 2020, and updated on the 7th August 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'Smoking Turk, seated on a divan' by Eugène Delacroix.
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