(Persia Digest) – Sham o Meh Publishers will be publishing a 7-volume collection of the “Shahnameh” Book of Kings after nine years of work with an innovative cover and illustrations for Spanish speakers to start an interesting rivalry with other collections such as Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings.
“Shahnameh” is an epic poem composed by Hakim Abol-Ghasem Ferdowsi, one of Iran’s greatest poets of the 11th century CE. It has been written in 50 thousand verses reviving the Persian language after the Arab invasion.
The “Shahnameh” has greatly influenced Persian culture; it has received considerable response from world literaries, and great poets such as Goethe and Victor Hugo have spoken highly of it.
“Shahnameh” is the longest epic poem written in Persian which has received an audience worldwide and been translated into 30 languages.
Acclaimed foreign scholars who have researched the “Shahnameh” and compared it with the world’s greatest literary works have concluded that it is beyond the literary masterpiece of a nation and must be counted as a world masterpiece and eternal human heritage.
Sham o Meh Publishers have been working on the translation and publication of stories from the “Shahnameh” over the past nine years. This has been compiled in seven volumes, of which five are ready for print.
According to Sham o Mah Director, Afshin Shahnehtabar, the collection can be a tough rival for Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings collections which are based on fiction.
The translator, Beatrice Salas, holds a PhD in Iranian studies from the Sorbonne and is a faculty member of the Azad university of Tehran.
Following the publication of all seven volumes, they will be launched at universities in Madrid, Mexico City, Peru, and Argentina.
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