Shahnameh

Author: Abolqasem Ferdowsi
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: STANFORD:36105123304912
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Fiction

A new translation of the late-tenth-century Persian epic follows its story of pre-Islamic Iran's mythic time of Creation through the seventh-century Arab invasion, tracing ancient Persia's incorporation into an expanding Islamic empire. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

Shahnameh

Author: Abolqasem Ferdowsi
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101993231
Release Date: 2016-03-08
Genre: Poetry

The definitive translation by Dick Davis of the great national epic of Iran—now newly revised and expanded to be the most complete English-language edition Dick Davis—“our pre-eminent translator from the Persian” (The Washington Post)—has revised and expanded his acclaimed translation of Ferdowsi’s masterpiece, adding more than 100 pages of newly translated text. Davis’s elegant combination of prose and verse allows the poetry of the Shahnameh to sing its own tales directly, interspersed sparingly with clearly marked explanations to ease along modern readers. Originally composed for the Samanid princes of Khorasan in the tenth century, the Shahnameh is among the greatest works of world literature. This prodigious narrative tells the story of pre-Islamic Persia, from the mythical creation of the world and the dawn of Persian civilization through the seventh-century Arab conquest. The stories of the Shahnameh are deeply embedded in Persian culture and beyond, as attested by their appearance in such works as The Kite Runner and the love poems of Rumi and Hafez. For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Zelot

Author: Reza Aslan
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 9783644039117
Release Date: 2013-12-06
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Das Christentum verehrt Jesus von Nazaret als sanften Hirten, dessen Reich nicht von dieser Welt sei. Aber entspricht dieses Bild der historischen Realität? Kann es den grausamen Kreuzestod plausibel erklären? Der amerikanische Religionswissenschaftler Reza Aslan meint: nein. Sein Buch, das in den USA für einen Skandal sorgte, versucht zu ergründen, wer Jesus war, bevor es das Christentum gab. Es ist das fesselnde, brillant erzählte Porträt eines Mannes voller Widersprüche, einer Epoche voll religiöser Inbrunst und blutiger Kämpfe und einer Weltreligion im Werden.

Rostam

Author: Abolqasem Ferdowsi
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101145036
Release Date: 2009-09-29
Genre: Fiction

The selected adventures of Persia's Hercules, from Iran's great national epic No understanding of world mythology is complete without acquaintance with Rostam, Iran's most celebrated mythological hero. According to the Shahnameh (the tenth-century Book of Kings), this titan, magnificent in strength and courage, bestrode Persia for 500 years. While he often served fickle kings - undergoing many trials of combat, cunning, and endurance - he was never their servant and owed allegiance only to his nation's greater good. Anyone interested in folklore, world literature, or Iranian culture will find Rostam both a rousing and illuminating read. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout world history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Faces of Love

Author: Hafez
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101627174
Release Date: 2013-08-27
Genre: Poetry

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. “Davis [is] widely acknowledged as the leading translator of Persian literature in our time…Faces of Love has made the Persian originals into real and moving English poems.” —Michael Dirda, The Washington Post For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Das Herz der verlorenen Dinge

Author: Tad Williams
Publisher: Klett-Cotta
ISBN: 9783608100983
Release Date: 2017-03-11
Genre: Fiction

»Das Herz der verlorenen Dinge« bietet für alle neuen Leser den Einstieg in die Welt von Osten Ard. Er setzt an am Ende des letzten Bandes von »Das Geheimnis der Großen Schwerter« und eröffnet einen neuen Zyklus voll tödlicher Abgründe und Intrigen dreißig Jahre in der Zukunft. Tad Williams’ Antwort auf George R. R. Martins »Game of Thrones« Osten Ard steht erneut am Scheideweg. König Simons und Herzog Isgrimnurs Kriegern ist es gelungen, das Elbenvolk zurück in ihre Hochburg in den Bergen zu drängen. Der Krieg scheint vorbei, aber das Töten dauert an. Die Sterblichen begnügen sich nicht mit ihrem Sieg, sie trachten danach, das Volk der Nornen gänzlich auszulöschen. Da verbreitet sich die Kunde, dass die uralte Nornenkönigin Utuk’ku gar nicht tot ist, sondern nur in einem todesähnlichen Schlaf liegt, von dem sie zurückkehren wird ...

Das schwarze Buch

Author: Orhan Pamuk
Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG
ISBN: 9783446252325
Release Date: 2016-02-29
Genre: Fiction

Ein Mann auf der Suche nach der geliebten, grundlos verschwundenen Frau. Auch ihr Halbbruder ist unauffindbar, dessen Zeitungskolumnen erscheinen jedoch weiterhin. Ein geheimnisvoller Hinweis? Tagelang streift Galip, Orhan Pamuks Held, durch die schillernde Ober- und Unterwelt Istanbuls, begegnet Zuhältern, Derwischen, Betrügern. Pamuks Roman und Kriminalgeschichte ist wie die Stadt am Bosporus voller Labyrinthe, alles wird symbolisch. Suchend ergründet Galip die Mysterien der Stadt und der eigenen Vergangenheit. »Die Stadt Istanbul hat ihren Meister gefunden, wie einst Dublin in James Joyce, Prag in Franz Kafka.« STUTTGARTER ZEITUNG

Mitternacht im Pera Palace

Author: Charles King
Publisher: Ullstein eBooks
ISBN: 9783843711227
Release Date: 2015-03-06
Genre: Social Science

WORUM GEHT ES? »Mitternacht im Pera Palace« erzählt die faszinierende Geschichte des Aufbruchs Istanbuls in die Moderne zu Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts. Schauplatz der rasanten Entwicklung ist das elegante Hotel Pera Palace, dessen Gäste Geschichte schrieben: Von Agatha Christie über Atatürk und Trotzki bis zu Geheimagenten aller Länder checkte ein, wer den Lauf der Welt veränderte. Ein wunderbar stimmungsvolles Porträt Istanbuls von den »Swinging Twenties« bis zum Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs. WAS IST BESONDERS? Istanbuls Aufbruch in die Moderne, mitreißend erzählt vor dem Panorama europäischer Geschichte, am Beispiel eines Grand Hotels und seiner illustren Gäste. WER LIEST? • Alle Istanbul-Fans und die, die es noch werden wollen • Leser von Geert Mak, David Abulafia und Karl Schlögel • Jeder, der kulturhistorisch interessiert ist