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Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam: Translated into English Verse by Paperback – September 14, 2014
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About the Author
Close friends compare H.D. Greaves to the legendary Phoenix, the bird that always rises from its own ashes. A Trinidad author, he lives and works in Port of Spain. When a young man of seventeen, a wonderful teacher introduced him to the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám; now seventy-nine, H.D. and Omar have grown old together, great friends from the beginning. For this labour of love, H.D. has written a Preface, a synopsis of Edward FitzGerald, and edited and formatted FitzGerald's entire Rubaiyat. H.D.’s books are available worldwide on Amazon’s CreateSpace Print-on-Demand as well as on Amazon's Kindle, and Barnes & Noble Bookstores.
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As far as the Rubaiyat, there are no comparable verses in the world. These are wonderful, beyond description; modern critics have complained that Fitzgerald's translation does not do justice to the original. I cannot judge that, but everyone of the quatrains that are here express a love of life and a questioning of the Divinity. It is more of a doubt.
Thou who Man of Baser Earth did make
Even with Paradise devise the Snake
For all the sins the face of wretched Man is black with,
Man's forgiveness Give and Take.
Immortal lines, whether Khayyam wrote them or Fitzgerald embellished them, it does not matter.
I just wish some publisher would incorporate all 5 versions under one cover. Everyone seems to publish the First or in some cases the Second, which is the most balanced one.
A must for lovers of literature, even if you have other editions. At a much much higher price the Folio edition, with introduction by A.S. Byatt and wonderfully illustrated would probably supercede this.
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A classic. Beautiful illustrations. A must have