Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings

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Penguin Books, 2016 - POETRY - 996 pages
The definitive translation by Dick Davis of the great national epic of Iran--now newly revised and expanded to be the most complete English-language edition

A Penguin Classic

Dick Davis--"our pre-eminent translator from the Persian" (The Washington Post)--has revised and expanded his acclaimed translation of Ferdowsi's masterpiece, adding more than 100 pages of newly translated text. Davis's elegant combination of prose and verse allows the poetry of the Shahnameh to sing its own tales directly, interspersed sparingly with clearly marked explanations to ease along modern readers.

Originally composed for the Samanid princes of Khorasan in the tenth century, the Shahnameh is among the greatest works of world literature. This prodigious narrative tells the story of pre-Islamic Persia, from the mythical creation of the world and the dawn of Persian civilization through the seventh-century Arab conquest. The stories of the Shahnameh are deeply embedded in Persian culture and beyond, as attested by their appearance in such works as The Kite Runner and the love poems of Rumi and Hafez.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

 

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SHAHNAMEH: The Persian Book of Kings

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Western readers should welcome this "huge panorama of conflict and epic adventure," announced as the fullest prose translation yet of the 11th-century national epic of Persia (now Iran).Written over a ... Read full review

Every Iranian needs this book.

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It is after all our national poem. It is also a great source of TRUE Iranian names for your children instead of names from neighboring ethnic groups. Read full review

Contents

The FIRST KINGS
1
THE STORY OF FERAYDUN AND HIS THREE SONS
28
THE WENGEANCE OF MANUCHEHR
63
ROSTAM THE SON of ZALDASTAN
104
The beginning OF THE WAR between Iran AND TURAN 1
131
THE SEVENTRIALS OF ROSTAM
152
The King or HAMAveran AND his D AUGHTER SUdabeh
174
the tale of Sohrab
187
THE LEGEND OF SEYAVASH
215
Giw briNGs KAY Khosrow AND FAricis to irraN
307
The AKWAN Div
372
the death OF Aer Asyab
454
ROSTAM AND ESFANDYAR
479
the death of Rosta M
531
THE STORY OF DARABAND THE FULLER
549
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About the author (2016)

Abolqasem Ferdowsi was born in Khorasan in a village near Tus in 940. His great epic, Shahnameh, was originally composed for the Samanid princes of Khorasan. Ferdowsi died around 1020 in poverty.

Dick Davis (translator) is professor emeritus of Persian at Ohio State University and a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His translations from Persian include Faces of Love: Hafez and the Poets of Shiraz and Vis and Ramin.

Azar Nafisi (foreword) is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, Things I've Been Silent About, and The Republic of Imagination. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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