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The Conference of The Birds (Penguin Classics)

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Publisher Comments:

The acclaimed translation of a magnificent work of Persian poetry—now updated with new material

Composed in the twelfth century in northeastern Iran, Farid Attar’s great mystical poem is among the most significant of all works of Persian literature. A marvelous, allegorical rendering of the Islamic doctrine of Sufism, it describes the pilgrimage of the world’s birds in search of their ideal king, the Simorgh bird, and the arduous journey they take to reach him. This masterly translation preserves the poem’s rhymed couplet form and nuances of language.

Synopsis:

"Mantiq al-tayr" (the conference of the birds) is an elaborate allegory with many digressions. It describes how all the birds (human souls) set out in search of the Simurgh (the godhead). All but 30 die and the survivors realize that they themselves are the Simurgh.

About the Author

Dick Davis is currently professor of Persian at Ohio State University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His translations from Persian include The Lion and the Throne, Fathers and Sons, Sunset of Empire: Stories from the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi, Vols. I, II, III.

Dick Davis is currently professor of Persian at Ohio State University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His translations from Persian include The Lion and the Throne, Fathers and Sons, Sunset of Empire: Stories from the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi, Vols. I, II, III.

Table of Contents

Translated with an Introduction by Afkham Darbandi and Dick Davis

Introduction

The Conference of the Birds

Biographical Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140444346
Translator:
Davis, Dick
With:
Darbandi, Afkham
Translator:
Davis, Dick
Author:
Davis, Dick
Author:
Attar, Farid Al-Din
Author:
Attar, Farid Ud-Din
Author:
Darbandi, Afkham
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Sufism
Subject:
Sufi poetry
Subject:
Sufi poetry, Persian
Subject:
Sufism -- Early works to 1800.
Subject:
Islam - Sufism
Subject:
Islam - Sufi
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
no. 20, pt. 2
Publication Date:
19840731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.74x5.12x.57 in. .39 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , "Mantiq al-tayr" (the conference of the birds) is an elaborate allegory with many digressions. It describes how all the birds (human souls) set out in search of the Simurgh (the godhead). All but 30 die and the survivors realize that they themselves are the Simurgh.
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