"or One Thousand and One Nights"
Scheherazade painted by Virginia Frances Sterrett
Public DomainScheherazade painted by Virginia Frances Sterrett

The One Thousand and One Nights is a collection of stories from the Middle East that are linked together by the legend of Scheherazade, the wife of a sultan.  The sultan intended to kill her, so to escape this fate she told him captivating stories.  This collection includes such famous stories as that of Aladdin and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.  The idea of telling stories to avoid death is particularly relevant to Never Let Me Go.