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The Shahnameh

The Shahnameh

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The Book of Kings
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Among the great works of world literature, perhaps one of the least familiar to English readers is the Shahnameh: ThePersian Book of Kings, the national epic of Persia. This prodigious narrative, composed by the poet Ferdowsi between the years 980 and 1010, tells the story of pre- Islamic Iran, beginning in the mythic time of Creation and continuing forward to the Arab invasion in the seventh century.

As a window on the world, Shahnameh belongs in the company of such literary masterpieces as Dante's Divine Comedy, the plays of Shakespeare, the epics of Homer-- classics whose reach and range bring whole cultures into view. In its pages are unforgettable moments of national triumph and failure, human courage and cruelty, blissful love and bitter grief.

In tracing the roots of Iran, Shahnameh initially draws on the depths of legend and then carries its story into historical times, when ancient Persia was swept into an expanding Islamic empire. Now Dick Davis, the greatest modern translator of Persian poetry, has revisited that poem, turning the finest stories of Ferdowsi's original into an elegant combination of prose and verse. For the first time in English, in the most complete form possible, readers can experience Shahnameh in the same way that Iranian storytellers have lovingly conveyed it in Persian for the past thousand years.

 
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Hardback Editions

August 2009 : USA Hardback
Title: The Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings
Author(s): Abolqasem Ferdowsi
ISBN: 1-933823-41-0 / 978-1-933823-41-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mage Publishers
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March 2006 : USA Hardback
Title: Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings
Author(s): Abolqasem Ferdowsi
ISBN: 0-670-03485-1 / 978-0-670-03485-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Adult
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August 2004 : USA Hardback
Title: The Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings
Author(s): Abolqasem Ferdowsi
ISBN: 0-934211-97-3 / 978-0-934211-97-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mage Publishers
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September 1994 : USA Hardback
Title: The Shahnameh: The Book of Kings
Author(s): Abolqasem Ferdowsi
ISBN: 1-56859-018-0 / 978-1-56859-018-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mazda Pub
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June 1993 : USA Hardback
Title: The Shahnameh: The Book of Kings, Vol. 3
Author(s): Abolqasem Ferdowsi
ISBN: 0-939214-86-5 / 978-0-939214-86-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mazda Pub
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Paperback Editions

January 2006 : USA Paperback
Title: Epic of Kings Hero Tales of Ancient Persia
Author(s): Helen Zimmern
ISBN: 0-936347-11-2 / 978-0-936347-11-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ibex Publishers
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January 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: Shahnameh: The Epic of Kings
Author(s): Abolqasem Ferdowsi
ISBN: 1-4209-3063-X / 978-1-4209-3063-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Digireads.com
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February 2007 : UK Paperback
Title: Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings (Penguin Classics)
Author(s): Abolqasem Ferdowsi
ISBN: 0-14-310493-4 / 978-0-14-310493-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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June 1996 : USA Paperback
Title: The Epic of the Kings: Shah-Nama, the National Epic of Persia (Unesco Collection of Representative Works: Persian Heritage Series)
Author(s): Abolqasem Ferdowsi
ISBN: 1-56859-035-0 / 978-1-56859-035-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mazda Pub
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Kindle Editions

December 2009 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Shahnameh: The Epic of Kings
Author(s): Abolqasem Ferdowsi
Publisher: Digireads.com
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March 2006 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings
Author(s): Abolqasem Ferdowsi
Publisher: Viking
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