The Conference of the Birds

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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.4 X 1.1 X 8.0 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Attar was a Persian poet, theoretician of Sufism, and hagiographer from Nishapur who had an immense and lasting influence on Persian poetry and Sufism.
Sholeh Wolpe is an Iranian-American poet and writer. The author of more than ten books of poems, translations, and anthologies, she is the recipient of a PEN/Heim grant, the Midwest Book Award, and the Lois Roth Persian Translation prize, among others. Wolpe lives in Los Angeles.


Wolpé's translation of this epic is sure to be as timeless as the masterpiece itself.--Reza Aslan, author of Zealot
What Sholeh Wolpé has done exceedingly well is to bring this medieval poem over into lively, contemporary English that feels absolutely right and not at all forced.--Edith Grossman, author of Why Translation Matters
In Sholeh Wolpé's version, this sly, knowing Sufi classic will surprise and delight a new generation of readers.--Jack Miles, general editor of The Norton Anthology of World Religions
Sholeh Wolpé's stunning new translation--the first in over 30 years--renders Attar's engaging, singular voice with wit and flourish.... Most importantly, Wolpé offers Attar's masterwork not as a curiosity from a bygone age, but as a text of living wisdom whose message is always timely.
As close to the original as a reader can come in translation, and imbued with the same kind of revelation, it makes clear why Attar remained such a strong influence on Rumi. The reader travels, along with the poet's birds, to greater spiritual insight through transcendent verse.--Roger Sedarat, Queens College