Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings
Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)
Entering into the Persian New Year, the Levantine Cultural Center presents a masterpiece, Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings, a new illustrated edition of the classic work by the great 11th-century Persian poet Abolqasem Ferdowsi.
Written over a thousand years ago by Abolqasem Ferdowsi, Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings continues to enthrall readers around the globe with its depictions of superhuman heroes, magical birds, heart-wrenching love stories, and fierce battles.
This new prose translation of the national epic is illuminated with over 500 pages of illustrations, created by award-winning graphic artist and filmmaker Hamid Rahmanian. The spectacular images in this edition were created from elements culled from thousands of illuminated manuscripts, lithographs, and miniatures dating from the fourteenth to the nineteenth centuries: each page is a new work of art and exquisite collage of traditional forms. Translated and adapted by Ahmad Sadri, this new edition retells the mythological and epic stories of the original poem in prose format.A book signing with Hamid Rahmanian will follow the program.
Part myth, part history of a nation, the Shahnameh has been made anew by award-winning graphic artist and filmmaker Hamid Rahmanian. He has created an exquisite new edition featuring lush illustrations paired with a translations by Ahmad Sadri, professor of Sociology and Anthropology and James P. Gorter Chair of Islamic World Studies at Lake Forest College. Rahmanian will share images and text from the book as well as discuss the continued relevance of this powerful classic for a new generation of readers.
Advance reservations suggested due to limited seating.
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Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega and Fairfax
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The Markaz (formerly known as the Levantine Cultural Center)
The Markaz champions a greater understanding of the Middle East and North Africa by presenting artistic and educational programs that bridge political and religious divides. In a search for common ground, the Markaz fosters discussions among artists and thinkers and offers classes and workshops that serve diverse ethnic communities.