Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings

Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings


By (author) Abolqasem Ferdowsi, Translated by Ahmad Sadri, Adapted by Ahmad Sadri, Illustrated by Hamid Rahmanian, Foreword by Sheila R. Canby

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  • Publisher: The Quantuck Lane Press
  • Format: Hardback | 592 pages
  • Dimensions: 224mm x 381mm x 56mm | 3,062g
  • Publication date: 13 June 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1593720513
  • ISBN 13: 9781593720513
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: 500+ full-color illustrations
  • Sales rank: 92,974

Product description

Shahnameh is part myth, part history - beginning with the legend of the birth of the Persian nation. It contains magical birds, superhuman heroes and centuries-long battles. Written over 1,000 years ago, it was meant to protect Persian collective memory amidst a turbulent sea of cultural storms. Originally written in couplets, the new translation and adaptation by Ahmad Sadri retells the mythological tales in prose format. Hamid Rahmanian's spectacular illustrations were created from elements culled from thousands of illuminated manuscripts, lithographs and miniatures dating from the thirteenth to nineteenth centuries, each panel becomes a new work of art, an exquisite collage of traditional forms.

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Hamid Rahmanian is an internationally respected filmmaker and graphic artist. Ahmad Sadri is the professor of Sociology and Anthropology and James P. Gorter Chair of Islamic World Studies at Lake Forest College.

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"Epic Iranian tale gets intimate upgrade...For all of its many adaptations, [Shahnameh] has remained largely unknown in the west except in scholarly circles and among Iranians. But New York - based artist Hamid Rahmanian's recent illustrated rendition with translator Ahmad Sadri of, Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings could change that." The Guardian "Shahnameh, a Persian Masterpiece, Still Relevant Today." The Wall Street Journal "This edition is simply breathtaking: 600 illustrations dance across every page, each telling a story in a thousand intricate and beautiful artistic flourishes. Accompanied by a translation of the text that is charming, accessible, and rich in the nuances of the Persian language, it is a treasure that will be cherished and handed down to subsequent generations. Huffington Post