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The Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings Paperback – Deckle Edge, February 27, 2007

4.6 out of 5 stars 128 ratings

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“Dick Davis [is] our pre-eminent translator from the Persian…Thanks to Davis's magnificent translation, Ferdowsi and the Shahnameh live again in English.” –Michael Dirda, Washington Post

“Accessible…A poet himself, Davis brings to his translation a nuanced awareness of Ferdowsi's subtle rhythms and cadences. His "Shahnameh" is rendered in an exquisite blend of poetry and prose, with none of the antiquated flourishes that so often mar translations of epic poetry.” –Reza Aslan (author of Zealot), New York Times Books Review

“Davis’s wonderful translation will show Western readers why Ferdowsi’s masterpiece is one of the most revered and most beloved classics in the Persian world.” –Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner

“A magnificent accomplishment . . . [Davis’s translation] is not only the fullest representation of Ferdowsi’s masterpiece in English but the best.” –The New York Sun

“Reader-friendly…essential reading” – Kirkus Review

“Marvelous . . . It represents the best of Persian culture.” –Azar Nafisi, from the foreword




 

About the Author

Abolqasem Ferdowsi (940 - 1020) is the preeminent poet in the Persian language and one the greatest poets of his time in any language.

Dick Davis is the premier translator of Persian poetry at work today.

Azar Nafisi is the author of the bestselling Reading Lolita in Teheran.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin Classics; Deluxe edition (February 27, 2007)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 928 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0143104934
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0143104933
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.1 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.9 x 1.7 x 8.7 inches
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    4.6 out of 5 stars 128 ratings

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