Hafiz's Little Book of Life
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Hampton Roads Publishing
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Have you heard the name “Hafiz”?! Here are soaring flights of fancy and solid life lessons, from one of the greatest poets of all time—made new by two award-winning translators. This is the perfect introduction to Hafiz for all lovers of poetry and seekers of love, spirituality, and meaning.
“Hafiz’s poetry aims to close the gap between mortal humans and the divine, and this book opens a door to the poet’s gardens. From the first page, you are invited to settle into a sublime sanctuary and partake in enchantment until you feel the Beloved inside your beating heart and running through your veins.”
—Ari Honarvar, author of A Girl Called Rumi
I have this gem
And it’s looking for a beholder
Hafiz’s Little Book of Life is a lush collection of more than 250 selections from his lifework (his divan). Alongside a Quran, a copy of his divan can be found in average homes in Iran—where stars can be heard singing his poetry on the radio, and lines from his poems are quoted on the street. His poetry is sure to strike a chord in the hearts of readers everywhere.
This vital collection of mystical poetry focuses on the issues we encounter in everyday life. Each brief poem may be savored as an oasis of clarity in the hurried literacy of our time, or the entire book enjoyed in one sitting, as a five-course meal—embracing the world, wine, love, wisdom, and ecstasy. Let the unforgettable words of Hafiz shine through you with their love, depth, and celebration of life.
This book also includes a vivid portrait of the poet and his times, an extensive glossary, translators’ notes, a bibliography, and an appendix on Hafiz as an oracle.
“Hafiz’s poetry aims to close the gap between mortal humans and the divine and this book opens a door to the poet’s gardens. From the first page, you are invited to settle into a sublime sanctuary and partake in enchantment until you feel the Beloved inside your beating heart and running through your veins.”
—From the Foreword by Ari Honarvar, author of A Girl Called Rumi
“Delicate and tough, a crafted danger, full of wit as well as abandon, Hafiz’s lyric is one of the rare mysteries of world literature.”
—Coleman Barks, author and translator of The Essential Rumi and What Wants to Come Through Me Now
“A radical collaboration between a Persian and American, this is a breakthrough version of the most untranslatable classical Sufi poet. Gach and Mojib have carved genuine gems from Hafiz’s Persian and set them in a bezel composed of space, time, and the reader’s own openness to wisdom. This is translation as a real ‘carrying-across,’ as art not artifact. While previous translations attempted to be reenactments (like reenacting an old battle in faux costumes), this one drops the reader/listener directly into their own soul-struggle. Immerse yourself and be transformed!”
—Neil Douglas-Klotz, author of The Sufi Book of Life and A Little Book of Sufi Stories
“How to translate into English what, until now, has justifiably been called the ‘untranslatable’ Persian verses of Hafiz? From its epigraph onward, Erfan Mojib and Gary Gach have given us the answer. Hafiz’s Little Book of Life breathes new life into the world of the Sufi poet’s 14th-century words, making those words new again.”
—Stephen Ratcliffe, author Conversation and Listening to Reading
“This supreme poet, who is called ‘Tongue of the Invisible’ (Lisan al-ghayb), produced poems of magic beauty, poems whose imagery and music transmute the lead of the forgetful soul to the gold of the soul which lives in the longing for its Beloved and in the remembrance of that union which predates man’s terrestrial journey. Hafiz was himself aware that his was not simply a human voice. Rather, his poetry was a celestial song which brought the heavens themselves into a state of ecstasy.”
—Seyyed Hossein Nasr, editor The Study Quran, author Science & Civilization in Islam; Knowledge & the Sacred; and The Garden of Truth
“Working from adaptations by acclaimed filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, Erfan Mojib and Gary Gach have delivered a groundbreaking tour de force version of an iconic classical text—bold and bracing and brilliant. Unlocking Hafiz’s timeless wisdom and dazzling lyricism for our contemporary age, these bite-sized texts seem to answer one of their own urgent calls to action. Step right in—multiple, thrilling gardens in bloom await!”
—Lee Yew Leong, editor-in-chief and poetry editor, Asymptote
“This is a great book of poetry. The prose introductory materials by Mojib place the poet neatly in both the Persia of the 1300s and the present living cultural tradition of the Mideast. The poetry translations show how much Hafiz deserves to be alive in another language so long after these poems were written, and these translations into American English are miracles in themselves.”
—J. P. Seaton, translator The Poetry of Zen and Wine of Endless Life