Dick Davis has breathed new life into his 1984 translation of the “The Canticle of the Birds” by Twelfth Century poet Farîd-ud-Dîn Attar.
The new publication has additional translations, re-worked passages and a sumptuous array of colourful illustrations from over 200 Persian, Central Asian, Turkish and Indo-Islamic paintings from the thirteenth to the eighteenth centuries – selected by the art historian and scholar of Iranian and Afghan civilisation, Michael Barry.
The Canticle of the Birds is a masterpiece of Persian literature and Sufi thought. The journey of the birds beyond the seven valleys to meet Simorgh, the Sunbird symbol of the Supreme Being, symbolises the voyage of every human soul. It is the poetic expression of a universal quest for love, truth and unity.
This book has been awarded both France’s Montherlant Prize for writing on art by the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 2013, and Iran’s Prize for Book of the Year on Persian Civilization in 2014.
Available from ACC Distribution.