The Conference of the Birds

The Conference of the Birds


Translator: Afkham Darbandi
Translator:
Introduction by:

Format
Paperback
Price
$16.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140444346
  • 240 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

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.


The Conference of the Birds

The Conference of the Birds

Farid ud-Din Attar, Translator: Afkham Darbandi, Translator: Dick Davis, Introduction by: Dick Davis

Praise

“This felicitous translation is a classic and reaches the widest possible audience.”
– David Azzolina, Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Table of Contents

Translated with an Introduction by Afkham Darbandi and Dick Davis

Introduction
The Conference of the Birds

Biographical Index

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