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Persia through Writers’ Eyes

May 21, 2013

We have received this message from Garry Garrard about a book we hadn’t heard of before, and which sounds of great interest to anyone who wants to get a better background on the world from which the Rubaiyat comes.

persiawritersHave you come across a book titled Persia through Writers’ Eyes?  It’s a fairly bulky paperback (c 400 pages) that includes extracts from just about everyone who has written about Persia/Iran, all the usual suspects and many others that are new to me.  It starts with Aeschylus, Herodotus and other classic Greeks, goes through Marco Polo and various travellers between 1500 and 1800, then George Curzon and Gertrude Bell in the 19th century before concluding with Harold Nicholson, Vita Sackville-West, Freya Stark, Robert Byron and John Simpson (including his account of his journey from Paris to Tehran with Ayatollah Khomeini).  There are many more names that I haven’t mentioned.

The extracts are all chosen to be interesting, and you can dip in and out as you like.  I can thoroughly recommend it as an addition to any shelf with Persian content.  Edited by David Blow it was published by Eland in 2007, ISBN 978 0955010 55 2.  You can get it currently through Amazon for £10.30


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