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SHAHNAMEH: The Epic of the Persian Kings // Grand Opening

04/20/2013 – 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A new illustrated edition of the classic work written over one thousand years ago by Ferdowsi, is the longest poem ever written by a single human being.
This new prose translation of the national epic is illuminated with over 500 pages of illustrations.
Let us join the creators of the new, illustrated edition of Shahnameh in the grand opening of the book in Chicago.
Dr. Ahmad Sadri and Hamid Rahmanian will speak about and demonstrate the process of their new creation. This is a new abridged translation as well as the most illustrated Shahnameh in history.

Saturday , April 20, 2013 — 5:00PM-8:00PM
DePaul University Art Museum (DPAM)
935 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago IL 60614

// DePaul University Art Museum is working on having books available for purchase. //

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“Shahnameh for the digital age.” — Sheila Canby, Metropolitan Museum of Art
“A magnificent book both conceptually and technically… Extraordinary combinations of diverse styles from across the centuries.” — Charles Melville, University of Cambridge

Refreshments will be served.

“The aim of this project is to infuse the popular imagination of the English-speaking world with the legends of Shahnameh, its epic battles, three sweeping love stories and four, increasingly human centered tragedies,” said Professor Sadri.

“This 83,000-word abridged translation will be printed against 550 new panels of gorgeous and innovative illustrations by New York-based graphic designer Hamid Rahmanian,” explained Sadri. “And it will be published by W.W.Norton exactly one thousand and three years after its completion in March, 1010,” he added.

Sadri will be joined by Hamid Rahmanian for a presentation of The Epic of Persian Kings. They will give a book reading and discussion.

Dr. Ahmad Sadri: Translation and Adaptation
Ahmad Sadri is professor of Sociology and Anthropology and James P. Gorter Chair of Islamic World Studies at Lake Forest College. He is the author of Max Weber’s Sociology of Intellectuals published by Oxford University Press and selected as the 1993 academic book of the year by Choice, the publication of American Library Association. He has written two books in Persian, Reviving the Concept of Civilizations and An Apocalypse Soon, and his published translations include Saddam City (from Arabic) and Reason, Freedom and Democracy in Islam (from Persian). He lives in Gurnee, Illinois.

Hamid Rahmanian: Illustrator, Designer
Hamid Rahmanian is an award-winning filmmaker and graphic artist whose work has been exhibited in international competitions and publications. His narrative and documentary films have premiered at Venice, Sundance, Toronto, Tribeca, and IDFA film festivals. He has won numerous international awards and his works have been televised on international networks, including PBS, Sundance Channel, IFC, Channel 4, BBC, DR2, and Al Jazeera. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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DePaul University Art Museum (DPAM)
935 West Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614 United States
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