The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor

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The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor is a novel by American writer John Barth, published in 1991. It is a postmodern metafictional story of a man who jumps overboard from a modern replica of a medieval Arab ship and is rescued by sailors from the world of Sinbad the Sailor. Eventually he makes his way to "Baghdad, the City of Peace",[1] and finds himself in the stories of Sindbad and Scheherazade.[2] The novel makes use of a challenging double-stranded narrative and a rich prose style.[3]


  1. ^ Korda 1991.
  2. ^ Slethaug 1993, p. 136.
  3. ^ Lesher 2000, p. 68.

Works cited[edit]

  • Lesher, Linda Parent (2000). The Best Novels of the Nineties: A Reader's Guide. McFarland. ISBN 9780786407422.
  • Korda, Michael (February 4, 1991). "All Wet". New York Magazine. p. 49.
  • Slethaug, Gordon (1993). ""Neither one nor quite two": Barth's Lost in the Funhouse". The Play of the Double in Postmodern American Fiction. SIU Press. ISBN 978-0-8093-1841-4. Retrieved 2012-05-12.

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