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5.0 out of 5 stars A Breakthrough for Ferdowsi in English, March 31, 2006
This review is from: Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings (Hardcover)
I am surprised at the reviews that mention only what is not in this edition of the Shahnameh, at the expense of what is in the book. It is well that it is not a complete, unabridged translation; the Shahnameh is one of the longest epic poems in the world, and a complete translation (which would always be a contentious claim) would run over a thousand pages. This edition is well-selected and wonderfully accessible for the modern reader of English, and contains in full most of the greatest narratives of the epic, from their beginnings to their conclusions. Dick Davis' translation into beautiful and sensitive English verse and prose is a breakthrough for Ferdowsi in the non-Persian-speaking world.
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Initial post: Jan 8, 2010 1:32:03 AM PST
"a complete translation (which would always be a contentious claim) would run over a thousand pages."

Well, the single volume hardcover is 928 pages, and the 3 volume set is 1134 pages. :-)
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