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Shahnameh : The Persian Book of Kings (Expanded) (Paperback) (Abolqasem Ferdowsi)
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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 editionDick 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 seventy pages of newly discovered 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, theShahnameh 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 asThe 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.
Number of Pages: 996
Sub-Genre: Ancient + Classical + Medieval
Series Title: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Author: Abolqasem Ferdowsi
Street Date: March 8, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-12-6746
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