This prodigious narrative—composed by ancient Persian poet Abolqasem Ferdowsi in the late 10th century—tells the story of pre-Islamic Iran, beginning in the mythic time of creation and continuing to the Arab invasion in the seventh century. The sweep and psychological depth of the Shahnameh is nothing less than magnificent. Now Dick Davis, one of the greatest translators of Persian poetry, presents Ferdowsi’s masterpiece in an elegant combination of prose and verse.
Paperback. 928 pages. Translated by Dick Davis. Foreword by Azar Nafisi.