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Rostam: Tales of Love & War from Persia's Book of Kings [Hardcover]

By Abolqasem Ferdowsi & Dick Davis (Translator)
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Rostam is Iran's greatest mythological hero, a Persian Hercules, magnificent in strength and courage. As re-counted in the tenth-century Book of Kings (Shahnameh) by the poet Ferdowsi, he was an indomitable force in ancient Persia for five hundred years, undergoing many trials of combat, cunning, and endurance. Although Rostam served a series of often-fickle kings, he was always his own man, committed to the greater good of Iran. His adventures are some of the best loved of all Persian narratives and remain deeply resonant in Iranian culture.

Rostam: Tales of Love & War from Persia's Book of Kings begins with the birth of Rostam's father Zal and ends with Rostam's death. The tales tell of the love between Zal and Rostam's mother, the Kaboli princess Rudabeh; of Rostam's miraculous birth, aided by the magical bird Simorgh; of Rostam's youth and the selection of his trusty horse Rakhsh; of his affair with Princess Tahmineh, the birth of their son Sohrab, and, after Sohrab grows into a mighty warrior himself, the tragic confrontation between father and son. The tales conclude with Rostam's war against demons, his seven trials, his rescue of Prince Bizhan, and finally his battle, both intellectual and physical, with the ambitious and religiously driven prince Esfandyar.

Praise for Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings, translated by Dick Davis (from which Rostam is a selection):

"One of the Top Ten Best Books of the Year"-- Washington Post Book World

"Dick Davis' translation possesses the simplicity and elevation appropriate to an epic but never sounds grandiose; its sentences are clear, serene and musical." --Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World

"An exquisite blend of poetry and prose"--The New York Times Book 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

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Item Specifications...

Pages   291
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 4.75" Height: 7.25"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 21, 2007
Publisher   Mage Publishers
ISBN  1933823119  
ISBN13  9781933823119  

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More About Abolqasem Ferdowsi & Dick Davis

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! FERDOWSI was born in Khorasan in a village near Tus, in 940. His great epic the Shahnameh, to which he devoted most of his adult life, was originally composed for the Samanid princes of Khorasan, who were the chief instigators of the revival of Persian cultural traditions after the Arab conquest of the seventh century. During Ferdowsi's lifetime this dynasty was conquered by the Ghaznavid Turks, and there are various stories in medieval texts describing the lack of interest shown by the new ruler of Khorasan, Mahmud of Ghazni, in Ferdowsi and his lifework. Ferdowsi is said to have died around 1020 in poverty and embittered by royal neglect, though confident of his and his poem's ultimate fame.

Abolqasem Ferdowsi lived in Tus. Abolqasem Ferdowsi was born in 940 and died in 1020.

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well written  Sep 9, 2007
I bought this for my son.
Living in Sweden he knows a little about his country Iran. And since the place is by now a hostage of islamic fundamentalism,he mostly turns away from Iran. Reading Rostam was a turning point for him.
Rostam - A MUST HAVE  Apr 4, 2007
This book is a great library addition for anyone that is familiar with Ferdowsi. And if you're not familiar - this is a good one to start with.

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