Faces of Love

Faces of Love

Hafez and the Poets of Shiraz

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Acclaimed translator Dick Davis breathes new life into the timeless works of three masters of 14th-century Persian literature. Together, Hafez, a giant of world literature; Jahan Malek Khatun, an eloquent princess; and Obayd-e Zakani, a dissolute satirist, represent one of the most remarkable literary flowerings of any era. All three lived in the famed city of Shiraz, a provincial capital of south-central Iran, and all three drew support from arts-loving rulers during a time better known for its violence than its creative brilliance. Here Dick Davis, an award-winning poet widely considered 'our finest translator of Persian poetry' ( The Times Literary Supplement ), presents a diverse selection of some of the best poems by these world-renowned authors and shows us the spiritual and secular aspects of love, in varieties embracing every aspect of the human heart. 'The translations of all three poets are superb, and they open up a new world even for those who know Persian well. Highly recommended.' W. L. Hanaway, Choice 'Jahan Malek Khatun's touching and very personal poems are a revelation.' David Blow, Times Literary Supplement 'Davis brings us that other Iran of poetry, lyrical beauty, diversity, and sensuality.' Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran 'In Hafez, the long vertuosic Davis has found his ideal foil, the urbane poet offering an intimate glass of wine, while inviting, 'With art's initiates undo your collar.'' Brad Gooch, Newsweek/The Daily Beast
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2013
ISBN: 9780143107286
Characteristics: lxxv, 285 p. ; 20 cm


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