Inspirations for the New Divan
£25 | Hardback | Sept. 2015 | 192 pp
p: 9781909942820 | e: 9781909942837
As Johann Wolfgang von Goethe considered his own West-Eastern Divan ‘incomplete’, a group of literary grandees have accepted the challenge and will attempt a New Divan. This volume is meant to be only a foretaste of what is to come, namely an assembly of Dichter und Denker, of poets and scholars writing in Persian, Arabic, Hebrew and the Turkish languages. Hafiz, Goethe and the Gingko: Inspirations for a New Divan acts as a prologue, a multilingual anthology of poetry (all presented with an English poetic translation) as well as a discussion of the background to the poetry and the challenges of translation. It is a book in four languages – English, German, Persian and Arabic – and, like the Gingko leaf, it has two beginnings and no end, or as Goethe would have said, it is ‘one yet two’.
Contributors include: Adonis, Daniel Barenboim, Wolfgang Behnken, Stephen Brown, Mahmoud Dowlatabadi, Narguess Farzad, Rahim Gholami, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Hafiz, Sabeer Haka, Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, Christopher Middleton, Hubert Moore, Nermeen Al Nafra, Kenneth J. Northcott, Eric L. Ormsby, Nasrin Parvaz, Joachim Sartorius, Barbara Haus Schwepcke, Abdullah al-Udhari, Siegfried Unseld, Martin E.Weir, Darrell Wilkins.