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12/7/06

Shahnameh, a best seller epic book in US


TEHRAN, Dec.6 (ISNA)-The translation of the great mythological literature book of Iran "Shahnameh" by Hakim Aboulghasem Ferdowsi was elected as the fifth 2006 best seller book by Washington Post.

Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings, by Abolqasem Ferdowsi (Viking). A new translation, by Dick Davis, of the great epic of ancient Persia, opening with the creation of the universe and closing with the Arab Muslim conquest. A violent and beautiful work.


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According to the Washington Post, the new translation of the Shahnameh by Wick Davis had been greatly welcomed by the readers of fiction stories.

"The Book of Kings" or "The Epic of Kings" (alternative spellings are Shahnama, Shahnameh, Shahname, Shah-Nama, etc.), an enormous poetic opus written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi around 1000 AD, is the national epic of the Persian speaking world. The Shahnameh tells the mythical and historical past of Iran from the creation of the world up until the Islamic conquest of Iran in the 7th century.


"Ferdowsi [figure on the far left] encounters the Court poets of Gbazna" (ca. 1532)
Photo Credit: Jacket Art From A Painting By Aqa Mirak Photo

 

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