Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Philosopher, astronomer and mathematician, Khayyam as a poet possesses a singular originality. His poetry is richly charged with evocative power and offers a view of life characteristic of his stormy times, with striking relevance to the present day. This translation by Peter Avery and John Heath-Stubbs is beautifully and lavishly illustrated in colour with numerous examples of Persian miniature painting. It also contains a valuable introduction and several appendices, including an essay on Persian painting.
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Even though I have heard that the translation exceeds the original (a statement I can not verify), this is one of the finest works of the the English language. With alternating sentiments between the passions of love and drink deeply for tomorrow we die. This is the one book I would take to a desert island.
Fantastic read. Depth in each quatrain. I love almost all translations of Rubaiyat and Fitzgerald has done great.