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More interpretations of the Rubaiyat by Austin Torney

March 30, 2015

Austin Torney has continued to present his interpretations of the Rubaiyat in a number of different ways.

austintorneybodleyROKFirst, his lavishly illustrated ‘Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Resplendent’ is now available in several editions and different formats. There are more details on https://austintorney.wordpress.com/2015/03/14/austins-new-illustrated-rubaiyat-of-omar-khayyam-resplendent-published-in-several-editions/

Second, extracts from these editions are presented as videos on YouTube with musical accompaniment and some of the quatrains spoken or sung. The two films are on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcV3u0Pq1SM  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtbHBBPt4bw

Third, Austin has undertaken a major project to reinterpret (in his terms ‘transmogrify’) all 158 quatrains in the Bodleian manuscript of the Rubaiyat. In this exercise, he is following in the footsteps of other Rubaiyat lovers like Le Gallienne who used existing ‘translations’ as a basis for their own rendering of the elusive meaning of the Khayyammic originals. In his interpretation, Austin has drawn on Jos Coumans’ new Concordances website, which brings together many historic ‘translations’ of the Bodleian’s Persian quatrains – see Jos’ earlier post on this blog https://omarkhayyamrubaiyat.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/corresponding-quatrains/. Austin’s new version of the text of the 158 Bodleian quatrains, together with an additional 6 of his own are available on https://austintorney.wordpress.com/2015/03/14/austins-ongoing-bodleian-rubaiyat-manuscript-re-transmogrification-project/. Illustrated versions of the Rubaiyat with his ‘transmogrified’ text are available via https://austintorney.wordpress.com/2015/03/14/omar-khayyams-bodleian-rubaiyat-re-transmogrified-book-pages-so-far/.

Our congratulations to Austin on all his hard work and the interesting results that he has given us. Not everyone will agree with all his interpretations, but both text and images are stimulating, and they will, we hope, encourage a wider interest in the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

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