The Teller of Tales: Stories from Ferdowsi's Shahnameh
Richard Jeffrey Newman
84 pages perfectbound
"In this compelling translation of the Iranian epic, Richard Jeffrey Newman has given a new generation of readers access to this classic tale of politics, devotion, war and peace-making. Corrupt kings, rebel princes, dragon-sorcerers, and resourceful cooks travel through this poetic history of an ancient and storied civilization. Newman’s own narrative and lyric gifts as a poet make this a must-have volume."
-Kazim Ali, author of Fasting for Ramadan and Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities
"At a time when Americans need to look deep into Iranian culture, Richard Jeffrey Newman’s excellent translation of Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh opens a window on a literary work that is so embedded in the collective Persian consciousness that it seems a part of the daily life of every Iranian. Newman’s version maintains the elegance and nobility of the original. I hope he will do more of this exquisite translation in the future."
-Iraj Anvar, Visiting Lecturer in Persian at Brown University and translator of Say Nothing: Poems of Jalal al-Din Rumi in Persian and English and Jalal al-Din Rumi: Divan-i-Shams-I Tabriz: Forty-eight Ghazals