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A Story of Conquest and Adventure

The Large Far.marzn.me

258 pages
Amsterdam University Press
The Large Far.marzn.me (Far.marzn.me-ye bozorg), a poem from the Persian epic cycle dated to the late eleventh century, is hereby published for the first time in an English translation, in prose. The story tells how Far.marz, a son of the famous Sh.hn.me hero Rostam, conquers several provinces of India, before setting off on an extensive voyage over sea and land, leading his troops through a number of hazardous situations in various fictional countries. As a true epic hero, he displays his prowess in battle and in single combat against men, demons and various ferocious animals, in addition to experiencing a number of marvelous and romantic adventures.
Author Bio
Marjolijn van Zutphen obtained her PhD in 2011 at Leiden University with a dissertation on the Persian epic cycle, a series of poems that were composed in emulation of Ferdowsi’s Sh.hn.me. In a joint cooperation with Abolfazl Khatibi she has produced the first critical edition of Far.marzn.me-ye bozorg