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Say Nothing: Poems of Jalal al-Din Rumi in Persian and English (English and Farsi Edition) Hardcover – September 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Morning Light Press (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English, Farsi
  • ISBN-10: 1596750278
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596750272
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #776,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Iraj Anvar was born in Tehran to a family of poetry lovers. He has worked for many years as a director and actor in the theatre in Iran, where he has translated many theatrical texts. In 1978, having obtained a scholarship from the former Iranian government, he traveled to the U.S. As a consequence of the Iranian revolution, he decided to stay and became a U.S. citizen. He still resides in the United States. Anne Twitty, a winner of the PEN Prize for Poetry in Translation polishes the English. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. N. Cable on May 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This small, handsome, bilingual volume of inspired verse by a Sufi icon and a giant of Persian literature, Muhammad Jalal al-Din Balkhi (known in the West as "Rumi" and in the East as "Maulana") is an excellent introduction to the poet and his poetry, written specifically for the 2007 celebration of the 800th anniversary of his birth and, generally, for the growing contemporary Western interest in Eastern literature.

Rumi's "Divan-e Kabir" ("Works") fills 10 volumes, while this book provides just an introductory selection of 44 poems/620 lines including rubaiyat (quatrains) and ghazals (longer poems of from 5 to 15 couplets) which alternate here. Skilled English translations and the clear, amply-spaced Farsi script of the original poems appear on facing pages. These bilingual page-spreads provide aesthetic, authentic, inspiring and useful texts for both English-speaking students of Persian literature and/or Farsi language and for Farsi-speaking students of poetry or English language.

Most readers will be interested in the poetry itself for its radically spiritual Sufi themes that contrast with the radical materialism of contemporary Western life. Rather than give commentary here, and in keeping with Rumi's emphasis on direct experience, I urge readers to buy or borrow the book and read it through or dip into it again and again to share Rumi's inspired quest for "something beyond your grasp,/ the wisdom beyond definition,/ hidden in the hearts of men of God." Poems are listed on the Contents pages by their opening lines: "Love is my only companion...," "Let Love, the Water of Life, flow in my veins...," "If you long to be purified...," "Seek the art of loosening knots...," "All that pure ruby wine...," "If a tree could move...," "We are from above...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael on April 19, 2014
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Above and beyond my expectations! I was looking for translated Rumi text less influenced by the author's persona or agenda. Found.
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By wayne y. on June 22, 2013
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When you have difficulty reading a poet because his words and images make you weep, you know you have been moved by something of great value
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 2, 2014
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Rumi's mystic poetry is illuminating and inspiring.Like other great sufis, he is a wise and loving teacher. While his poetry,like the poetry of other great Farsi poets, loses a great deal of its charm and meaning in translation, the English translation is also very good. By including the original Farsi text, the publishers have rendered a valuable service to the cause of making the message of Rumi understood.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colette L Slade on May 28, 2013
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Inspiring! Highly recommend this book and buying it from this author. There was a mix-up on the order, and he handled it with the utmost integrity!
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