The Conference of the Birds

By Farid ud-Din Attar; Afkham Darbandi (Translator); Dick Davis (Translator); Dick Davis (Introduction by)
(Penguin Classics, Paperback, 9780140444346, 240pp.)

Publication Date: July 3, 1984

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback

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The acclaimed translation of a magnificent work of Persian poetry—now updated with new material

Composed in the twelfth century in northeastern Iran, Farid Attar’s great mystical poem is among the most significant of all works of Persian literature. A marvelous, allegorical rendering of the Islamic doctrine of Sufism, it describes the pilgrimage of the world’s birds in search of their ideal king, the Simorgh bird, and the arduous journey they take to reach him. This masterly translation preserves the poem’s rhymed couplet form and nuances of language.




About the Author

Dick Davis is currently professor of Persian at Ohio State University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His translations from Persian include The Lion and the Throne, Fathers and Sons, Sunset of Empire: Stories from the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi, Vols. I, II, III.


Dick Davis is currently professor of Persian at Ohio State University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His translations from Persian include The Lion and the Throne, Fathers and Sons, Sunset of Empire: Stories from the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi, Vols. I, II, III.




Praise For The Conference of the Birds

“This felicitous translation is a classic and reaches the widest possible audience.”
-David Azzolina, Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania

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