Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings

Shahnameh The Persian Book of Kings Among the great works of world literature perhaps one of the least familiar to English readers is the Shahnameh ThePersian Book of Kings the national epic of Persia This prodigious narrative compos
  • Title: Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings
  • Author: Abolqasem Ferdowsi Dick Davis Azar Nafisi
  • ISBN: 9780670034857
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Among the great works of world literature, perhaps one of the least familiar to English readers is the Shahnameh ThePersian Book of Kings, the national epic of Persia This prodigious narrative, composed by the poet Ferdowsi between the years 980 and 1010, tells the story of pre Islamic Iran, beginning in the mythic time of Creation and continuing forward to the Arab iAmong the great works of world literature, perhaps one of the least familiar to English readers is the Shahnameh ThePersian Book of Kings, the national epic of Persia This prodigious narrative, composed by the poet Ferdowsi between the years 980 and 1010, tells the story of pre Islamic Iran, beginning in the mythic time of Creation and continuing forward to the Arab invasion in the seventh century As a window on the world, Shahnameh belongs in the company of such literary masterpieces as Dante s Divine Comedy, the plays of Shakespeare, the epics of Homer classics whose reach and range bring whole cultures into view In its pages are unforgettable moments of national triumph and failure, human courage and cruelty, blissful love and bitter grief.In tracing the roots of Iran, Shahnameh initially draws on the depths of legend and then carries its story into historical times, when ancient Persia was swept into an expanding Islamic empire Now Dick Davis, the greatest modern translator of Persian poetry, has revisited that poem, turning the finest stories of Ferdowsi s original into an elegant combination of prose and verse For the first time in English, in the most complete form possible, readers can experience Shahnameh in the same way that Iranian storytellers have lovingly conveyed it in Persian for the past thousand years.
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    Abolqasem Ferdowsi Persian , the son of a wealthy land owner, was born in 935 in a small village named Paj near Tus in Khorasan which is situated in today s Razavi Khorasan province in Iran.He devoted than 35 years to his great epic, the Sh hn meh It was originally composed for presentation to the Samanid princes of Khorasan, who were the chief instigators of the revival of Iranian cultural traditions after the Arab conquest of the seventh century Ferdowsi started his composition of the Shahnameh in the Samanid era in 977 A.D During Ferdowsi s lifetime the Samanid dynasty was conquered by the Ghaznavid Empire After 30 years of hard work, he finished the book and two or three years after that, Ferdowsi went to Ghazni, the Ghaznavid capital, to present it to the king, Sultan Mahmud.Ferdowsi is said to have died around 1020 in poverty at the age of 85, embittered by royal neglect, though fully confident of his work s ultimate success and fame, as he says in the verse I suffered during these thirty years, but I have revived the Iranians Ajam with the Persian language I shall not die since I am alive again, as I have spread the seeds of this language

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  • Shahnameh The Persian Book of Kings Vol 9, Abolqasem FerdowsiThe first modern critical edition of the Shahnameh was prepared by a Russian team led by E E Bertels, using the oldest known manuscripts at the time, dating from the 13th and 14th centuries, with heavy reliance on the 1276 manuscript from the British Museum and the 1333 Leningrad manuscript, the latter of which has now been considered a secondary manuscript In addition, two other manuscripts used in this edition have been so demoted It [...]



  • Shahnameh The Persian Book of Kings, Abolqasem Ferdowsi, Dick Davis Translator , Azar Nafisi Foreword Among the great works of world literature, perhaps one of the least familiar to English readers is the Shahnameh The Persian Book of Kings, the national epic of Persia This prodigious narrative, composed by the poet Ferdowsi between the years 980 and 1010, tells the story of pre Islamic Iran, beginning in the mythic time of Creation and continuing forward to the Arab invasion in the seventh cent [...]



  • This is perhaps the greatest collection of stories I have ever read It is a true dream book if you love wonder stories, myths and heroic epics this is the kind of saga you dream about Every story is better than the one preceding it and it keeps mounting until it reaches heights of imagination and storytelling that are all but untouchable As in Persian poetry the language is rich, layered and achingly beautiful It is basically a long family saga but it never gets too complicated to follow A perfe [...]







  • The olden kings gave us the gift of a peaceful holiday.Calling for wine and musicians at the onset of springThey forgave, they forgot, and drank their worries away.This is a review of the edition of Shanameh published by the Quantuck Lane Press It is an adaptation, as labeled on the first page it is certainly shorter than the full text as listed for the Penguin etc editions But it is accompanied by beautifully ornate, full illustrations on every page, original to the edition, and the text certai [...]




  • My literary travels around Iran continued this month with Shahnameh, and boy was it a long trip Clocking in at 854 pages not including glossaries and indices , it took me nearly a month to read, and not for lack of interest the stories are, for the most part, fascinating.Originally, my plan was to sample stories from Shahnameh to get an idea of Persian mythology Shahnameh is roughly the Persian equivalent of The Odyssey or Beowulf, covering stories of Persian heroes and historical events Unlike [...]







  • An extraordinary book, I believe that this book has saved my mother tongue respectful language, Persian, it has saved our history All true iranians owe Ferdousi This is the book we need to remember ourselves.


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  • I am not so presumptuous as to review the Shahnameh Does one review Shakespeare or Augustine But I will comment on Dick Davis excellent translation Some people complain that it s written in prose others complain that it s written in poetry Yet the magic of this translation is the incorporation of the two As he says in the introduction, Davis goal is not to faithfully reproduce the tens of thousands of lines of poetry that took Ferdowsi 30 years to write Rather, he opts for a combination of prose [...]



  • The Sh hnameh recounts the history of Iran, beginning with the creation of the world and the introduction of the arts of civilization fire, cooking, metallurgy, law, etc to the Aryans and ends with the Arab conquest of Persia The work is not precisely chronological, but there is a general movement through time Some of the characters live for hundreds of years as do some of the characters in the Bible , but most have normal life spans There are many shahs who come and go, as well as heroes and vi [...]


  • Finally finished reading Shahnameh today, the Persian Book of Kings, translated by Dick Davis Arranged like a royal chronicle, the book falls into two parts, the first legendary half, teeming with hero kings and demons, and the second realistic half, closer as the history is to Ferdowsi s own time The turning point lies in the reign of Sekandar Alexander the Great , who is depicted initially as a world conqueror, but later, importantly, as a seeker of knowledge.I like the legends better They h [...]



  • Both FMF Bloom rec this one so who s to argue And now Penguin has an edition with new translation forthcoming in just a few days It s gunna be FAT Shahnameh The Persian Book of Kings ______________I saw the new edition of Shahnameh yesterday at The Village Bookshop Slipcased But shrink wrapped so I couldn t smudge it with my beautiful fingers US 75, but cheaper today at which has a few pretty pics up A wonderously put together volume it would appear isbn 1593720513.



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