Autumn 2003 (11.3)
in Print about Azerbaijan?
- Leyli & Majnun
12th century Azerbaijani poet Nizami's classic "Leyli &
Majnun" has just made its debut in Portuguese in prose.
Nizami (1140-1203) was from the city of Ganja in the northern
part of Azerbaijan and penned this work in Persian, which was
the literary language of his day.
The plot, based on an immortal love story, can best be compared
to "Romeo and Juliet", although in oral Arabic tradition,
the legend of "Leyli
predates Shakespeare by more than a thousand years.
This book also includes the lyrics of Eric
popular song, "Layla", also translated into Portuguese.
For the English story behind the creation of Clapton's lyrics,
see "Crazy About 'Layla': Eric Clapton Song Inspired by
Nizami, 12th century Azerbaijani Poet" in Azerbaijan International,
6.3 (Autumn 1998).
"Laila & Majnun: A Classical Historia de Amor Da Literatura
Persa" by Nizami. Adapted in prose by Colin Turner, translated
from English into Portuguese by Marissom Ricardo Roso. Published
by Jorge Zahar: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2003. ISBN 85-7110-688-6,
soft bound, 184 pages.
Contact: Jorge Zahar: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit: Zahar.com.br.http://Zahar.com.br/
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