Epic of the Persian Kings

shahameh“My father always told me that this country’s very ancient, and so it has been invaded and changed so many times. He said what makes us Iranian, what gives us an identity is our poetry, and Shahnameh is at the heart of it. He said if people want to know what Iranian identity is, they have to read Shahnameh.” — Azar Nafisi, author of the memoir ‘Reading Lolita in Tehran’, on the cultural importance of the country’s epic poem, which just happens to have a new edition coming out soon.

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