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Sipping from the Rubáiyát’s Chalice: a new book by Martin Kimeldorf

January 31, 2017

kimeldorfThe author of this new book, Martin Kimeldorf, writes as follows.

I indirectly began a life-review in 2016 by writing about mortality, love, and drink. As I stepped back I realized my debt to the poems in the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám. In the process, I realized I needed to complete one final title: Sipping From The Rubáiyát’s Chalice, My Journey with the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.

My project began as a simple collection of my favorite quatrains that I recite when celebrating special, bright shiny moments or when facing into the shadows of difficult times. It was to be part memoir and part speculation about the relevance of Omar to our times. Eventually, my project bloomed into a more complete study of both Omar, FitzGerald and various controversies surrounding the poems and poets.

The book is now in print, and the print version can be obtained at Amazon on cost of the print version is US$ 8.00, plus Amazon’s usual postage charges.  Martin has also made a very generous special offer of a free digital version to readers of this blog.  Again he writes.

I recall how FitzGerald not only left his name off his book, he gave away far more copies than he would initially see sold. I’d like to make my book available at no cost to the readers of this web site. For now, it is in a PDF format which can easily be read on most screens or dumped onto a Kindle or Nook type device without having to install new software or learn new tricks. Eventually, if the book proves to be of interest, I’ll put it in the format for Kindles (mobi) and other devices (epub).

To obtain a free copy of the PDF version, please e-mail your request to us, and we will pass it on to Martin.  For those wanting to know something more about the book, this is the write up on the site.

During the 1100s, Omar Khayyám contributed to the fields of astronomy, math, poetry, and philosophy. This Renaissance man questioned the orthodoxy and academics of his time. His poetry celebrates enjoying simple pleasures. Then 700+ years later in 1859 the bohemian English poet Edward FitzGerald made the defining translation of Khayyám’s Rubáiyát. The verse resonated deeply with the 19th and 20th Century artists, writers and everyday people looking for meaning and comfort. This symbolic East-West collaboration became the most widely read, translated and published poem in the modern literature. Now over 150 years later this magical work is being rediscovered by Millennial to Boomer generations. The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line…. Ah, make the most of what we may yet spend, Before we too into the Dust descend; ….

And here is our own pre-publication comment on Martin’s work.

The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám is a poem that has given comfort, strength and pleasure to a large number of people in the course of their lives. Martin Kimeldorf shares with his readers his own personal links to the Rubáiyát. He also provides a valuable introduction to this important work, its content and its history, making it accessible to Millennials and other newcomers.

This is a book with a distinctive and illuminating view of the Rubaiyat.  It is well worth reading.

15th March 2017  Martin has provided up to date information on how his book can be obtained.  See separate post

One Comment leave one →
  1. Martin Kimeldorf permalink
    January 31, 2017 2:17 pm

    Thanks for the kind remarks and support. I like how you simplified what i sent in.


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