The Bakhtyār Nāma: A Persian Romance

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DigiCat, Jul 21, 2022 - Poetry - 187 pages
In the literary tapestry of Persian literature, 'The Bakhtyār Nāma: A Persian Romance' occupies a unique position, interweaving elements of folklore and cultural memory to engender a text profoundly rooted in the storytelling traditions of the East. Its style, imbued with lyricism and vivid narrative detail, creates a world where the reader becomes a traveller through times long past. The book has been gifted to the modern world through the meticulous editorial work of W. A. Clouston and the linguistic bridge built by translator William Ouseley, rescuing it from the brink of historical oblivion. The narrative arc, with no single attributed author, reflects an oral tradition where each retelling and transcription served to polish its edges and embellish its contours, contributing to the collective nature of the work. The layered composition of the romance mirrors the intricate oral histories and varied authorial contributions over time, which enhance the reader's sense of discovering a communal literary heirloom. The nameless scribes and storytellers who birthed 'The Bakhtyār Nāma' collectively channeled the essence of Persian artistic expression and societal values, reflecting the zeitgeist of an era. These cultural custodians wove together strands of human experience to create a text replete with the trials and triumphs inherent within the human spirit. It is their collective voices that echo through the narrative, revealing a profound connection to the human condition that transcends the barriers of time and language. 'The Bakhtyār Nāma' emerges not merely as a work of fiction but as a beacon to literary aficionados and cultural scholars alike. Through its preservation and translation, readers are granted a rare glimpse into the heart of Persian narrative art. This book comes heartily recommended to those with an appreciation for the romance genre, to linguists intrigued by the journey of languages, and to historians desirous of a deeper understanding of the Persian world. Its beautiful imagery and evocative storytelling earn 'The Bakhtyār Nāma' a well-deserved place on the bookshelves of those who cherish timeless tales and the indelible mark of shared human heritage.

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INTRODUCTION
SINDIBĀD
CHAPTER III
CHAPTER VI
CHAPTER VIII
CONCLUSION
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