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Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings by [Ferdowsi, Abolqasem]
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This immense volume translates into clear, accessible prose the bedrock work of Iranian literature. Compiled and cast into verse by a tenth-century bard, Shahnameh contains the stories of the kings of ancient Iran before Islam overwhelmed the land in the seventh century. The first half deals primarily with mythical and semimythical figures, chief among them the great hero Rostam, while the latter half, beginning with the conquest of Sekandar--that is, Alexander the Great--records historical persons and events. In the concise, informative introduction, Davis calls attention to the entire book's recurrent themes of father-son conflict and contrast between kings and heroes, the latter of whom are nobler in character than the former; indeed, so noble that they invariably decline the throne when it is proffered to them. Davis encourages viewing both themes as reflections of a detached and critical attitude toward formal power and markers of a humane spirit that has allowed the epic to persist as the supreme classic of its nation. Ray Olson
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...Dick Davis, widely acknowledged as one of the best translators of Persian, has all the assets: He is both a learned scholar and a fine poet, and he is married to a Persian, also a scholar and translator, which means that he lives in a Persian ambience and is familiar with the nuances of words and expressions...Davis s rendition [of the Shahnameh] captures the charm, humor, and fluency of the original...three sumptuous volumes illustrated with magnificent miniatures....Reading Dick Davis s wonderful translation, I wish everyone would read it... --Shusha Guppy, Parnassus<br /><br />A magnificent accomplishment... Not only the fullest representation of Ferdowsi’s masterpiece in English but the best. -- New York Sun, March 15, 2006<br /><br />Davis's translation is smooth, elegant, and up-to-date... The verse sections are particularly good. -- Choice Magazine<br /><br />No other work captures so much of Iran’s history or the Iranian sensibility. --Wall Street Journal, March 7, 2006

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11850 KB
  • Print Length: 930 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0143104934
  • Publisher: Viking (2 March 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001RTC0Y2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,670 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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