- Paperback: 608 pages
- Publisher: RHUS; Modern Library Pbk. Ed edition (10 September 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375761373
- ISBN-13: 978-0375761379
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 3.3 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
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The Baburnama: Memoirs of Babur, Prince and Emperor (Modern Library Classics) Paperback – 10 Sep 2002
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“One of the classics of world literature.” —The New York Times Book Review
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cial chronicle and the highly personal memoir of the emperor Babur (14831530), The Baburnama presents a vivid and extraordinarily detailed picture of life in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India during the late-fifteenth and early-sixteenth centuries. Baburs honest and intimate chronicle is the first autobiography in Islamic literature, written at a time when there was no historical precedent for a personal narrativenow in a sparkling new translation by Islamic scholar Wheeler Thackston.
This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition includes notes, indices, maps, and illustrations.
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Babur writes in a frank, forceful and unadorned language that is free of artificial, cumbrous sentence structures and expressions and exaggerated falsehoods and absurdities that was too common in Oriental literature of that period. He was a cultivated man of good taste, a keen observer and above all quite modest a man which make him not only likeable but believable. Though his narration is sometimes elaborate, it is never tedious. Babur's honesty, courage, common sense and sometimes self-deprecating humour sense manifest themselves throughout his memoirs.
Although I'm not a fan of Thackston's translation, it is undoubtedly the best, better than Beveridge's old translation and far better than Dilip Hiro's more recent abridgment. Modern Library's edition is quite nice for this price. The cover and papers are of good quality. But I don't like that they chose Salman Rushdie for writing the Introduction which somewhat reduces the book's value. This book deserves serious mediaeval Islamic scholars, not popular and pretentious pseudo-intellectuals. But I suppose that is necessary for selling the book to the masses.
Overall, highly recommended.
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