The Shahnameh: The Persian Book Of Kings
  • The Shahnameh: The Persian Book Of Kings
  • The Shahnameh: The Persian Book Of Kings
ISBN: 0143108328
EAN13: 9780143108320
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 8, 2016
Pages: 1040
Dimensions: 1.97" H x 8.35" L x 5.43" W
Weight: 1.72 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

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.

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   Book came, but in terrible shape
This book is supposedly a present for a friend. When I got it, the cover was ripped in the back and bruised on the front.
   terrible quality control at Penguin
The first page in the copy that I received is Page xxxiii of the introduction. The forward is completely missing. This should have been in an irregular bin.
   A very readable World Classic.
I love the way the translator was able to preserve a poetic feeling and an epic scale throughout a long and complex set of stories and characters. In a wonderful way, mythic is wonderful.
   A great book on Persian history and Mythology.
Ferdowsi says that it took him thirty years to write Shahnameh, Davis does a great job in the translation of this huge book of ancient Persian history! I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested.
   Not reliable copy
I just received this book. Some stories are missing in the introduction and there is no forward by Azar Nafisi. I report it tomorrow.
   A Rich Book that Keeps on Giving
The Shahnameh is an amazingly massive text of amazingly diverse scope. It begins in the legendary prehistory and continues to the Arab conquest of Iran. Along the way, you meet tragic characters who are often locked in a complex, compelling trajectory against each other. Despite its moral elements, the Shahmaneh offers plenty of didactic ambiguity and evokes sympathy for both rising heroes and those whose stars have begun to fade. The text is primarily concerned with masculine spheres but still features powerful and complex women from queens, to advisors, to assertive lovers, to warriors on the battlefield. The Shahmaneh also highlights the vast cultural diversity of the Greater Iran. While I do not read Farsi myself, all my friends who do, I can assure that Davis is the English translation to go with, and I can vouch that it is a joy to read. Whether you are interested in pre-modern literature, the cultural heritage of Greater Iran or just enjoy a good read, I can not recommend this highly enough.
   Great Book, Not Good Format for Collection
The content itself is obviously great, with 55 stars for it. It has been read very well in English and rewritten fluidly. The only disappointment I have with this purchase that leads to this one star review is the condition of the book when it arrives... This is my second time buying this book, and BOTH times the book came battered, especially around the edges. This is not how books should be bought, especially if it is not a new brand. Amazon has more than enough boxes to answer this problem, yet they insist on shipping books in bags.