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Dick Davis-'our pre-eminent translator from the Persian' (The Washington Post)-has revised and expanded his acclaimed translation of Ferdowsi's masterpiece, adding more than 100 pages of newly translated text. Davis's elegant combination of prose and verse allows the poetry of theaShahnamehato sing its own tales directly, interspersed sparingly with clearly marked explanations to ease along modern readers. a Originally composed for the Samanid princes of Khorasan in the tenth century, theaShahnamehais among the greatest works of world literature. This prodigious narrative tells the story of pre-Islamic Persia, from the mythical creation of the world and the dawn of Persian civilization through the seventh-century Arab conquest. The stories of theaShahnamehaare deeply embedded in Persian culture and beyond, as attested by their appearance in such works asaThe Kite Runneraand the love poems of Rumi and Hafez. a For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500atitles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust theaseries to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-dateatranslations by award-winning translators.
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Abolqasem Ferdowsi was born in Khorasan in a village near Tus in 940. His great epic, Shahnameh, was originally composed for the Samanid princes of Khorasan. Ferdowsi died around 1020 in poverty.Dick Davis is currently professor of Persian at Ohio State University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His translations from Persian include The Shahnameh, Faces of Love (Hafez), and Vis and Ramin.Azar Nafisi is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, Things I've Been Silent About, and The Republic of Imagination. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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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

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