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The Scarlet Stone and Other Selected Poems

The Scarlet Stone and Other Selected Poems

Nader Rahimi


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Nader Rahimi's ‘The Scarlet Stone and other Selected Poems' is the first ever translation of Siavash Kasrai's poetry. A seminal figure in Persian literature, Kasrai's epic poetry toils with the turbulent political landscape of Iran. The Scarlett Stone is complex in how Kasrai confronts the failure of his own communist ideology and expands this on a broader scale, after having witnessed the events following the upending of the Shah regime in 1979, which led to the rise of the current Islamic regime. Rahimi's translation includes a complete translation of ‘The Scarlett Stone', ten other poems such as ‘Wish', and finally, a partially selected translation of ‘Arash the Archer'. In translating Kasrai's lyrical yet searing poetry, Rahimi opens up a world of rich language, allegory, and most importantly, hope, previously unexplored by the English speaker.

ISBN : 978-1-80439-588-2

Published: 29/02/2024

Pages : 76

Size : 205x140

Imprint : Olympia Publishers

Nader Rahimi

Nader Rahimi is an Associate Professor at Boston University and has extensively published in the biomedical field. In recent years, he has developed an interest in poetry, and his first collection of poems, Songs of Being, published in 2021. Currently, he is working on his second collection of poems. Nader Rahimi lives with his family in the suburb of Boston, Massachusetts.
Siavash Kasrai was an influential twentieth-century Persian poet. His poetry had a significant influence on Persian literature, art, and music. Kasrai was the people's poet, and his poems championed the longing of the Iranian people for freedom. He was the Bertolt Brecht of modern Persia. Like Brecht's writings and poems, his poems are communicative art for a social cause. The scarlet stone is a tale of romance, sacrifice, betrayal, failure, and hope. The scarlet stone and other selected poems are the first-ever translation of Kasrai's poems into English.

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