Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings

Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings

Dick Davis

one of the nice works of global literature, possibly one of many least known to English readers is the Shahnameh: ThePersian ebook of Kings, the nationwide epic of Persia. This prodigious narrative, composed by means of the poet Ferdowsi among the years 980 and 1010, tells the tale of pre- Islamic Iran, starting within the mythic time of construction and carrying on with ahead to the Arab invasion within the 7th century.

As a window at the global, Shahnameh belongs within the corporation of such literary masterpieces as Dante’s Divine Comedy, the performs of Shakespeare, the epics of Homer— classics whose achieve and diversity convey entire cultures into view. In its pages are unforgettable moments of nationwide triumph and failure, human braveness and cruelty, pleased love and sour grief.

In tracing the roots of Iran, Shahnameh at the beginning attracts at the depths of legend after which incorporates its tale into ancient instances, while historical Persia was once swept into an increasing Islamic empire. Now Dick Davis, the best sleek translator of Persian poetry, has revisited that poem, turning the best tales of Ferdowsi’s unique into a chic blend of prose and verse. For the 1st time in English, within the such a lot entire shape attainable, readers can event Shahnameh within the comparable method that Iranian storytellers have lovingly conveyed it in Persian for the prior thousand years.

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