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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.[read more>>]

Borrowed Ware: Medieval Persian Epigrams

Borrowed Ware: Medieval Persian Epigrams (Kindle/iPad Version)

“Dick Davis’s translation of the best of Persia’s medieval short poetry, borrowed ware, is a wonderful book, suffused with love, beautifully produced and with a comprehensive introduction to Persian courtly poetry.” – The Independent.[read more>>]

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.[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.[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).[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.[read more>>]