A masterpiece of Persian literature written in the twelfth century, The Canticle of the Birds is the poetic expression of a universal quest for love, truth and unity. The journey of the birds beyond the seven valleys to meet Simorgh, the legendary bird and allegory of the Supreme Being, symbolises the voyage of every human soul. The translation by Dick Davis and Afkham Darbandi, published by Penguin Classics in 1984, was the first verse translation in English of Attar's work. For this edition, Dick Davis has translated the prologue and epilogue, and has also reworked several passages. More than two hundred Persian, Turkish, Afghan and Indo-Pakistani works, chosen from the most beautiful manuscripts of the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries complement the poem. The choice of works benefited from the contribution of Michael Barry, who has written over two hundred commentaries on the works, presented facing each painting to provide the reader with keys to understanding and interpretation.
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Details: Numbered edition, limited to 300 copies; featuring 207 Persian, Turkish, Afghanand Indo-Pakistani miniatures from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries, from public and private collections from around the world. Unabridged version of the verse translation by Dick Davis, Professor of Persian and Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Ohio State University.
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