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 ordinary to English readers is the Shahnameh: ThePersian ebook of Kings, the nationwide epic of Persia. This prodigious narrative, composed via the poet Ferdowsi among the years 980 and 1010, tells the tale of pre- Islamic Iran, starting within the mythic time of production 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 succeed in and variety carry complete cultures into view. In its pages are unforgettable moments of nationwide triumph and failure, human braveness and cruelty, joyful love and sour grief.

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

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