The stories of theShahnamehare deeply embedded in Persian culture and beyond, as attested by their appearance in such works asThe Kite Runnerand the love poems of Rumi and Hafez.
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.
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
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