RUMI - 53 Secrets from the Tavern of Love: Poems from the Rubiayat of Mevlana Rumi by Amin BananiRUMI - 53 Secrets from the Tavern of Love: Poems from the Rubiayat of Mevlana Rumi by Amin Banani

RUMI - 53 Secrets from the Tavern of Love: Poems from the Rubiayat of Mevlana Rumi

Translated byAmin Banani, Anthony A. Lee

Paperback | April 25, 2014

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Rumi's poetry has been published in various English editions since the 19th century. And there has been no shortage of translators. Today, through the translations of Coleman Barks, he is the best-selling poet in the English language. The market for his poems is insatiable. He has a loyal following of English readers and serious devotees. Still, in English, Rumi's poems have often been rendered into a literal and academic prose that is awkward and wooden - or into a New-Age idiom thatbears little relationship to the author's original text or his context. Professors Amin Banani and Anthony A. Lee come to the rescue with a masterful translation that bridges the academic demand for fidelity to the original Persian text with a sensitive poetic translation that speaks to 21st-century readers.The book has three sections: 1) a general introduction to Rumi's poetry, 2) translations of 53 short poems, and 3) a groundbreaking essay by Banani on the position of Rumi in Islamic poetry and in world literature.The poems are presented as lessons on love. The reader is encouraged to treat them as koans to inspire spiritual contemplation.
Amin Banani is an emeritus professor of history and Persian literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Mysticism and Poetry in Islam: The Heritage of Rumi and Persian Literature. He has pioneered the literary translation of contemporary Iranian poets. Anthony A. Lee lives in the Los Angeles area. He ...
Title:RUMI - 53 Secrets from the Tavern of Love: Poems from the Rubiayat of Mevlana RumiFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.41 inPublished:April 25, 2014Publisher:White Cloud PressLanguage:English

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Editorial Reviews

'Banani and Lee convey the light touch of Rumi's rarerubaiyat with inventive craft and deep understanding.'Victoria Holbrook, translator ofListen: Commentary on the Spiritual Couplets of RumiWhat could be more exciting than to have the vast erudition of Amin Banani and the spiritual sensibility of Anthony A. Lee applied to bringing Rumi's poetry into English? A tour de force that no one interested in the work of the great Persian Sufi master can afford to miss!"?Juan Cole, Professor of Middle East History, University of Michigan, author ofEngaging the Muslim World"Rumi'srubaiyat were almost certainly thrown off extempore and recorded by his disciples; in these clear, accurate, vivid, and very beautiful versions we come as close as is possible in English to catching the evanescent moment of composition, the thought as it flickers from Rumi's mind out into the world."?Richard Davis, Professor Emeritus, Ohio State University; translator ofThe Conference of the Birds, andThe Shahnameh"The volume here features a collaboration between a master of Persian poetry and a distinguished American poet. These collaborations may well be the necessary model needed to come up with translations that are both faithful to the original and beautiful in the new language. Rumi lovers will no doubt appreciate this new collaboration."Omid Safi, Professor of Islamic thought, University of North Carolina, author ofProgressive Muslims "