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When They Broke Down The Door: Poems

The power of poetry to map the human heart has been a hallmark of Persian culture for at least a thousand years, and Fatemeh Shams wields it unforgettably. As a member of the Iranian diaspora living in the West, her voice is often one of anguished separation, and many of her poems touch on politics. [read more>>]

Faces of Love: Hafez and the Poets of Shiraz

Faces of Love: Hafez and the Poets of Shiraz

“The translations of all three poets are superb, and they open up a new world even for those who know Persian well….Davis has managed, better than anyone else so far, to give a rendering that makes these translations come alive and sing.” W. L. Hanaway, emeritus, University of Pennsylvania, CHOICE. [read more>>]

Vis & Ramin

Vis & Ramin

Vis & Ramin is one of the world’s great love stories. It was the first major Persian romance, written between 1050 and 1055 in rhyming couplets. This remarkable work has now been superbly translated into heroic couplets (the closest metrical equivalent of the Persian) by the poet and scholar Dick Davis. [read more>>]

Vis & Ramin

Vis & Ramin (Audio Book)

Vis & Ramin is one of the world’s great love stories. It was the first major Persian romance, written between 1050 and 1055 in rhyming couplets. This remarkable work has now been superbly translated into heroic couplets (the closest metrical equivalent of the Persian) by the poet and scholar Dick Davis. [read more>>]

SHAHNAMEH: The Persian Book of Kings

SHAHNAMEH: The Persian Book of Kings

“It is almost impossible to exaggerate the influence of [the Shahnameh] on the national culture of Iran…it marks the definitive emergence of New Persian as a language of literature and culture… in much the same way as the Authorized Version of the Bible anchored English. [read more>>]

The Lion and the Throne: Stories from the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi: Vol. I

Among the masterpieces of world literature, perhaps the least familiar to English readers is the Persian book of Kings (Shahnameh, in Persian). This prodigious national epic, composed by the poet Ferdowsi between 980 and 1010, tells the story of ancient Persia, beginning in the mythic time of Creation and continuing forward to the Arab-Islamic invasion in the seventh century. [read more>>]

Fathers and Sons: Stories from the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi: Volume II

“This splendid book is the second in a projected set of three volumes that will recount all the major events of the Persian national epic, the Shahnama or Book of Kings. Written in rhyming couplets by the poet Firdawsi and completed in about 1010, the epic runs to more than 40,000 lines.” – W. L. Hanaway, emeritus, University of Pennsylvania. [read more>>]

Sunset of Empire: Stories from the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi: Volume III

Sunset of Empire: Stories from the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi: Volume III

With our third and final volume of stories from the Shahnameh we move from mythology and legend to romanticized history. Here the mighty events that shook ancient Persia from the time of Alexander of Macedon’s conquest to the Arab invasion of the seventh century C.E. [read more>>]

ROSTAM: Tales of Love and War from Persia’s Book of Kings

ROSTAM: Tales of Love and War from Persia’s Book of Kings

“Davis’s wonderful translation will show Western readers why Ferdowsi’s masterpiece is one of the most revered and most beloved classics in the Persian world.” – Khaled Hosseini, author of “The Kite Runner”. [read more>>]