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New illustrated version of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by Benny Thomas

September 30, 2014

BennyThomas0914Benny Thomas is an architect, author, artist, and epigramist based in the Netherlands. For several years he has been working on a new English version, with illustrations, of quatrains from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. This work has now been published in a variety of forms. There is an e-book with illustrations, a paperback with illustrations, and a cheaper paperback without illustrations.

More details on the e-book are available on http://www.lulu.com/shop/benny-thomas/the-illustrated-omar-khayyam/ebook/product-21799421.html, with links to the other formats. All formats contain some 260 quatrains, plus a foreword by Prof. Mehdi Aminrazavi, the author of The Wine of Wisdom. There is also an introduction by the author explaining his approach to Khayyam’s verses.

As the foreword concludes ‘For those interested in a mystical reading of Khayyām’s quatrains, this collection of poems provides an invaluable insight.’ There is further information about the translation and illustrations on Benny Thomas’ blog http://omarikhayyamdotcom.wordpress.com/

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. September 30, 2014 10:47 am

    An addendum to our earlier posting

    Benny Thomas has made clear that he based his interpretation of the quatrains mainly on the five editions of FitzGerald, from which he has made his own distinctive variations. His approach was essentially that of a mystic. Prof Aminrezavi’s foreword to the book comments that ‘Benny Thomas has composed his own Khayyamesque quatrains covering most of the central and salient features of Khayyamian themes.’

  2. September 30, 2014 3:41 pm

    Hmmm … I’m puzzled. If Benny Thomas has produced a “version” with 260 quatrains it’s hard to understand how it can be “mainly” based on FitzGerald’s five editions. Also, I believe it’s been established that Fitz didn’t buy into the “mystic wine” suggestion. Can anyone clear this up for me a little. Thanks.

  3. September 30, 2014 5:29 pm

    My quatrains have used the quatrains of FitzGerald as a springboard to compose quatrains that bear my own world view. Fitzgerald has own world view, be it Victorian scepticism or any other as I have mine own. Mystic wine as a term is not alien to Omar Khayyam. FitzGerald writes of the breaking of Sun as a chase( 1 ed.2ed.) Imagery I used is something else. The nearest is quatrain #241
    “Arise! for morning has knocked the night-
    Out like nine pins and out of sight, it’s plain.
    And Lo each one is out to make the most,
    The Game of Life starts anew: place your bets!”
    On the topic The Sun I have seven quatrains focus of each on something else than handled by FitzGerald

  4. October 1, 2014 9:15 am

    Thanks, Benny, for your clarification. David, does that answer your queries?

  5. October 2, 2014 11:02 am

    Benny has some more comment on wine in his Rubaiyat in his latest blog post entitled ‘A Quatrain analysed from Book VI,.The Tavern’ posted on 02/10/2014.
    See http://omarikhayyamdotcom.wordpress.com/

  6. November 8, 2014 6:51 am

    Reblogged this on The Rubaiyat – Benny Thomas.

  7. December 5, 2014 2:38 pm

    Thanks very much, Benny. Yes, I think I now understand your image of the springboard. I’m very pleased to be part of this Omarian community in all its rich variety and intersecting perspectives. Nicely done.

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