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Shahnameh’s Series of Stories

Shahnameh’s Series of Stories(12 Vols.)

Adapted by Atoosa Salehi

Illustrated by Niloofar Mir-Mohammadi

Sample English text is available.

Selected as the Best Book in Salaam-Baacheha Journal(1999)

◙ Winner of the Golden Plaque and Merit Award for Adaptation in Press Festival of Institute for Cultural and Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (1997)

About the Book:

Among the Iranian literary works, the Shahnameh is a masterpiece especially due to its epical nature. The rich Persian prose and language of Shahnameh, written by the great Persian poet, Ferdousi, is still a reliable literary source for researchers and professors of the Persian Literature. This epic enjoys several stories within itself, which can be hard for a young adult to read. The author of this series has adapted Shahnameh with having the keen young adults in mind as the major audience of these six books. The author has avoided repetition of the fairy tales in order to create them through a new point of view.

  1. Zahak, a Slave of Eblis

ISBN: 964-6003-91-5

17 x 21 cm

48 pages

Two snakes have grown on Zahak’s shoulders, a slave of Eblis, which is actually the Satan. The snakes feed on young people’s brain. Armayl and Karmail, the two piteous and prudent brothers, intend to go to Zahak’s court and become his cooks. They have decided to help one of the two captured young men run away so that one day they would finally the help the others, who are imprisoned by Zahak. But what would possibly happen if Zahak discovers their plan?

*****

  1. Sphinx’s Child

ISBN: 964-6003-92-3

17 x 21 cm

56 pages

Saam, the warlord of the Iranian army, intends to take revenge on Salm and Toor, the unkind and cruel sons of Fereidoon, by the command of Iran’s king, as they have cruelly killed his other son; Iradj. Saam succeeds to defeat them. Saam’s sole wish is to have a child to rely on in old age. Once he wants to return back, he is told that his wife is expecting a child soon. But how could he ever imagine that his son, Zaal, would be old and hoary from the first moment of his birth?

*****

3.The Invulnerable Esfandyar

ISBN: 964-6003-93-1

17 x 21 cm

80 Pages

 Gashtasb, the Iranian King and Esfandyar’s unkind father, has captured his own son. At the same time both of his daughters, Homa and Beh-Afarid are in the prison. When Gashtab lets Esfandyar go, he hurries out to free his sisters. Esfandyar has a complicated and difficult way ahead. He has to pass through the ‘Seven Courses’ and open the high and inaccessible gates of the DedjCastle.

  1. Forood and Jarireh

ISBN: 964-6742-95-5

17 x 21 cm

72 pages

Forood, Siavash’s son, is alone in the CalatCastle with his mother, Jarireh.  His grandfather, Afrasiab, the ruler of TuranLand, killed his innocent father years ago. And though a long time has passed by, Forood has not forgotten this crime. A magnificent army moves on from Iran towards TuranLand. At this point,Forood gets ready to go with them and take revenge. Finally His mother, Jarireh, who has always been terribly upset and crying for her husband’s death, still dreams of taking revenge on his father Afrasiab too. But what is to take place if Afrasiab, the ruler of the Iranian army seeks to kill Forood, the grandchild of Esfandyar who on one hand has the Turan’s heritage and on the other hand has an Iranian origin?

  1. Bizhan and Manizheh

ISBN: 964-6742-96-3

17 x 21 cm

80 pages

Manijeh, the daughter of Turan’s king, Afrasiab, is having a feast in her tent which is on the border of TuranLand and Iran. There Bijan sees her and falls in love with her. Manijeh who is amazed by seeing a young man wearing a jeweled crown on his head like a prince, finds herself opening the garden fences for him. Bijan tells her about hunting boars and his courageous deeds. Since Manijeh is indeed in love with him, she makes him unconscious with a substance and takes him to the palace with the help of her servants. She hides the young man there.  But what is he doing there, in the palace of his greatest enemy, Afrasiab?! Could it be the start of another war between Iran and TuranLand?

  1. Bahram and Gordoyeh

ISBN: 964-6742-97-1

17 x 21 cm

80 pages

When Bahram returns back from an exhausting war defeating Saveh- King, his brother Gordoyeh takes him in his arms. But just about the same time a messenger arrives and informs them about the serious anger of Hormoz, the Iranian king, who believes Bahram has treated his relatives badly in the war. Hormoz sends a woman’s dress for Bahram to humiliate him. Bahram wears the dress in rage and sits among his army. His army becomes angry and rebellious. Gordoyeh who cannot stand another war now, tries to calm down his brother. He well knows they do not have enough support and supplies.  But no matter how much Gordoyeh tries, Bahram who has a witch’s sayings at the back of his mind goes for the war. She had once told him that one day he will be the king of Iran.

  1. Gordafarid

ISBN: 978-964-369-136-4

17 x 21 cm

64 pages

Gordafarid, the daughter of Gozhdahem who is the ruler of Dezh-e-Sepid (White Fortress), foresees the forces of Afrasiab, King of Turan, attacking his father’s dominion. But Afrasiab is unworried because Hajir, the warden of his fortress, is being sent to defend the fortress against the Turanis who are under the command of Sohrab, the son of Tahmineh and Rustam. She asks her father to call for help from the king of Iran, but he refuses. Hajir becomes captive. Gordafarid puts armour and helmet on, takes the sword, and sets out to the battlefield. During their battle, she loses her helmet and Sohrab finds his adversary being a woman, a brave and beautiful one. He falls in love with her. Gordafarid has no way, except fleeing. Sohrab is determined to pursue and get his strange enemy.

  1. Rustam and Sohrab

ISBN: 978-964-369-437-1

17 x 21 cm

64 pages

For Sohrab it’s impossible to forget Gordafarid. Along with  ZhandehRazm, one of Turan’s army commander, he is galloping to the zone, where Iranian forces have set up their camp. From a height, his look catches the camp. After returning to his own forces,he commands the soldiers to make a huge fire. Rustam goes to meet Kavoos, king of Iran, and tells him that he has to encounter Turan’s young commander.While leaving the king’s place, he hides a poniard in his neck. At night he leaves for the fight with Sohrab. After killing ZhendehRazm, he returns to his camp and confides his desire, a son to rely on him, in Guiv, the brave Iranian commander. Sohrab orders to bring him Hajir and puts the nib of a lance on his throat but Hajir, to rescue his life, proposes collaboration with the Turanis, which means betraying the ruler of Dezh-e-Sepi (White Fortress). Both leave the camp for the place where Iranians have set up their camps. Sohrab is keen to find out which tent isRustam’s, butfinds out that Iranian hero has not still joined his own men. Finally the both rivals,father and his son,initaiatetheir battle. Rustam, unaware of Sohrab being his son from Tahmineh, is nearly killed by him, but succeeds to survive. The day after, during the second round of their battle, Sohrab get killed by his father, who by seeing the armlet, discovers that the corpse he is embracingbelongs to his own son.

  1. Siavash

ISBN: 978-964-369-438-8

17 x 21 cm

80 pages

Kavoos, the king of Iran, has married Soodabeh, a deceitful and unfaithful woman. She accuses her stepson, Sohrab of having evil intention about her. On the other hand, she wishes the death of his husband. Kavoos becomes confused by the unjust charges and the defenses ofhis sonand he can not make a correct judgment. The high priest finds the solution in passing through a huge fire, each of these two. Only the honest one can survive such an ordeal.

The king’s men make the hugest fire ever seen until thenandSiavash riding his own horse passes the fire, safely. Kavoos orders Soodabeh to be punished, but itisSiavash that pleads to his father to be merciful to his wife. Again Afrasiab makes an assault on Iran. Kavoos offers the all-command of Iranian forces to Siavash. But he reminds Kavoos of Rustam. Due to all his bad deeds to the great hero, the king is sure he would not accept taking the command of the army. Finally, Siavash makes his father happy by accepting his offer.

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