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Sunset of Empire: Stories from the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi, Volume 3 Hardcover – Dec 1 2003

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 549 pages
  • Publisher: Mage Pub (Dec 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 093421168X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0934211680
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 4.2 x 28.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,622,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

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.

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This book is incredible: the stories are wonderful, the poetry is truely superb and beautifully represents the original, and the illustrations are out of this world. For the first time in the past 30 years I saw Persian miniatures I had never seen before. This is a wonderful translation of the last third of the Shahnameh--the least known stories and some of the most touching, specially the beautiful verses of Barbad for Khosrow Parviz and Rostam-e Hormozd's final letter to his brother before the Arab invasion. Buy this trilogy, it's well worth the price and will soon be worth twice as much.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9d8b41bc) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
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HASH(0x9d2be324) out of 5 stars Magnificent Conclusion to the Shahnameh Trilogy March 25 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is incredible: the stories are wonderful, the poetry is truely superb and beautifully represents the original, and the illustrations are out of this world. For the first time in the past 30 years I saw Persian miniatures I had never seen before. This is a wonderful translation of the last third of the Shahnameh--the least known stories and some of the most touching, specially the beautiful verses of Barbad for Khosrow Parviz and Rostam-e Hormozd's final letter to his brother before the Arab invasion. Buy this trilogy, it's well worth the price and will soon be worth twice as much.
HASH(0x9d2c8600) out of 5 stars Superb Translation of the Great Persian Epic Oct. 26 2015
By DTS@BigIslandRanch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Excellent translation by Dick Davis of the epic Persian Book of Kings.


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