The Life, Poetry and Times of the Immortal Persian Poet.
BOOK ONE (THE EARLY YEARS)
by Paul Smith
This long, historical novel/biography covers Hafiz’s life from the age of eight in 1328 when his father dies and he goes to live with his Uncle Sadi, until after his passing in 1392. Shiraz is under siege by the tyrant Mubariz and Hafiz’s friend the king, Abu Ishak, is on the brink of madness and despair. Hafiz falls in love with the beautiful Nabat, meets his Spiritual Master ‘Attar, marries and has a son. He teaches at University and befriends the liberated princess Jahan Khatun and the poet/jester Obeyd Zakani. Kingdoms rise and fall and the false Sufi Shaikh Ali Kolah. Abu Ishak is executed. Eventually Shah Shuja takes control but tragedy strikes Hafiz and Jahan, and Nabat must suffer separation. Kingdoms rise and fall through treachery and wars but through it all the songs/ghazals of Hafiz and his minstrel friends help the brave Shirazis to carry on until finally Hafiz gives his Master Attar an ultimatum after 40 years of devotion… God-Realization or else! A book of immense love and power. 660 pages in the paperback.
COMMENTS ON PAUL SMITH’S TRANSLATION OF HAFIZ’S ‘DIVAN’.
“It is not a joke... the English version of ALL the ghazals of Hafiz is a great feat and of paramount importance. I am astonished. If he comes to Iran I will kiss the fingertips that wrote such a masterpiece inspired by the Creator of all.” Dr. Mir Mohammad Taghavi (Dr. of Literature) Tehran.
“Superb translations. 99% Hafiz 1% Paul Smith.” Ali Akbar Shapurzman, translator of works into Persian and knower of Hafiz’s Divan off by heart.
“Smith has probably put together the greatest collection of literary facts and history concerning Hafiz.” Daniel Ladinsky (Penguin Books author).
Paul Smith is a poet, author and translator of over 80 books of Sufi poets from the Persian, Arabic, Urdu, Turkish, Pashtu and other languages including Hafiz, Sadi, Nizami, Rumi, ‘Attar, Sana’i, Jahan Khatun, Obeyd Zakani, Mu’in, Amir Khusrau, Mu’in, Nesimi, Kabir, Anvari, Ansari, Jami, Khayyam, Rudaki, Yunus Emre and others, and his own poetry, fiction, plays, biographies and screenplays.