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I found this beautifully illustrated book in a nice English book shop in Tbilisi, at the end of my trip through Georgia As I d seen the name Rustaveli everywhere it seems like half the streets in the country are named after the guy and the title intrigued me, I bought it I have no regrets.It s truly an epic poem 12th century, super strong knights killing whole armies on their own, rescuing princesses, and brotherly love the hero at one point basically leaves his fianc because he loves t I found this beautifully illustrated book in a nice English book shop in Tbilisi, at the end of my trip through Georgia As I d seen the name Rustaveli everywhere it seems like half the streets in the country are named after the guy and the title intrigued me, I bought it I have no regrets.It s truly an epic poem 12th century, super strong knights killing whole armies on their own, rescuing princesses, and brotherly love the hero at one point basically leaves his fianc because he loves the other hero , who is oh so beautiful From what I learnt online, Rustaveli has contributedto the Georgian identity than say, Shakespeare to the English This book breathes Georgia, and as I loved the country I can t help loving this as well So get your ass over there and read this on a nice mountain top or something Review so far The Book of Infinite Hyperbole, a.k.a the Book of Crybabies No one is halfway affected or slightly emotional Everyone is in a constant rage of passion or a life threatening swoon in each and every instant of their lives Every person is a moon and a sun, and every man is also a lion All hair is jet, all eyelashes cut, all faces are devastatingly beautiful andradiant than the sun Did I mention the sun It is often mentioned The book is a constant torrent of tears, so muc Review so far The Book of Infinite Hyperbole, a.k.a the Book of Crybabies No one is halfway affected or slightly emotional Everyone is in a constant rage of passion or a life threatening swoon in each and every instant of their lives Every person is a moon and a sun, and every man is also a lion All hair is jet, all eyelashes cut, all faces are devastatingly beautiful andradiant than the sun Did I mention the sun It is often mentioned The book is a constant torrent of tears, so much so that I nearly drowned from reading it.The passion is unrelenting in its extremity, and is important in and of itself, regardless of narrative context.There is also occasional surprising sarcasm or irony which catches us off guard and challenges us to decide just how much sincerity we should attribute to the rest of the proclamations of passion, faith, etc The all around unreasonableness of the characters also poses a challenge A king will send his retainer away for three years, virtually on a whim, though he regards the mission as critical, and never seems to miss him, yet will be thrown into a towering rage the next time the same retainer wants to go away for a while, as the king can t bear to part with him Lovers whose only desire in life is to be together will take it upon themselves to separate for no good reason, and then constantly bewail their separation Meanwhile, occasional sacred unbreakable oaths will be made then broken for mere convenience because, of course, lovers are too mad to be bound by oaths in order to read and fully appreciate this book,georgian is worth learning. I know that in the end you will bless the course that I have taken.A wise man cannot stand the thought his good friend will be forsaken Let me remind you of what Plato said to help us awaken By lies and two facedness, the body s hurt, the soul is shaken This is the national epic of Georgia, admired by readers and endured by bored students across the country for centuries At least according to the people who make these kinds of decisions, Rustaveli is so important that there are Rustaveli I know that in the end you will bless the course that I have taken.A wise man cannot stand the thought his good friend will be forsaken Let me remind you of what Plato said to help us awaken By lies and two facedness, the body s hurt, the soul is shaken This is the national epic of Georgia, admired by readers and endured by bored students across the country for centuries At least according to the people who make these kinds of decisions, Rustaveli is so important that there are Rustaveli streets and Rustaveli statues across Georgia I actually bought this at Prospero s Books, a Tblisi bookstore I highly recommend to travelers that you can find onRustaveli Avenue Hell, this poem is so beloved by Georgians that even the guy who illustrated it is a national hero, and he wasn t even Georgian Mihaly Zichy, of Hungary Plus, The Knight in the Panther s Skin is far and away the most badass title for an epic poem I ve ever seen, and I ve read The Daredevils of Sassoun The barest of set ups Avtandil is an Arab prince in love with the daughter of King Rostevan One day, while out on a manly hunt with King Rostevan, the men come across a wild man wearing a panther skin coat who ignores all pleas to engage them in courtesies and handily slaughters dozens of men when challenged before disappearing on his horse Figuring that the kingdom won t know peace until the murderer is apprehended, young Avtandil sets out to find this dangerous wanderer and prove his worth as a knight and a lover.Against other epic poems, it doesn t stand out for the elegance of its plotting or the originality of its themes, but for my money, Rustaveli s got two things going narrative rapidity, and philosophical sophistication This poem moves Things happen in rapid succession, events pile on events, and stories fold into other stories, with dozens and dozens of chapters in a book just over 350 pages You see, Avtandil s talking to Tariel about how Tariel met Pridon, and he can t tell the story of meeting Pridon without telling why Pridon was on the run from the assassins, who were hired by Pridon s uncle becausewell, read the poem I love it, personally, and it s hard not to get swept up into the joy of the book, sometimes not so much an epic as a machine to generate stories That other part, the philosophical complexity, is one of the most fascinating parts of the poem, although one I m not all that qualified to lecture on What I do know is that Rustaveli was working in a context where Neoplatonic Christianity was the standard, Greek philosophy was read alongside the Qur an, the finest poetry was in Persian and the best textiles were from China, and those Franks over in Europa were nothingthan half literate savages Suffice it to say, Georgia was at the center of a lot of things in the early 13th century, and those crossroads are felt in the poem More interesting are the story s development of love and friendship as the highest virtues, so much so that they eclipsetraditional epic values like prowess or loyalty to the state in fact, patriotism gets a good thwacking at several points as nothingthan a kind of false attachment that keeps the individual from truly developing as a soul dedicated in the service of a friend, a beloved, or God It s a philosophy of self fulfillment and joy, where life is best lived as living well in rapturous service to another, fully developed and explored from many angles A note on translation, because when it comes to 800 year old poems from non Indo European languages, translation is everything I read the 2015 translation by Lynn Coffin, which is distinguished for being the first to preserve the shairi form, which is written in quatrains rhyming a a a a, always with 16 syllables to a line and a caesura pause in the middle What this means is that Coffin is the first writer to preserve both the structure and the meaning of the poem in English This is an achievement, full stop But one reason why nobody s tried doing that until so recently is that Rustaveli s form is entirely unnatural to the English ear English meter is based on stress, not syllables, and English just doesn t rhyme very well compared to most languages, so Coffin s doing two things that the language isn t really meant to do Inevitably, within the poem s 6,400 lines, there are some real howlers The miraculous thing is that there s nothan a few dozen, by my count Most of it scans just fine, though, and sometimes it even rises to the level of solid English verse that happens to align with medieval Georgian verse, like finding a perfect sonnet in the middle of a physics textbook The end result keeps a suitably foreign feel, better for chanting and singing, as Rustaveli would no doubt have it, than a sober recital If you like your big foreign poems big and foreign, I would recommend Coffin s translation ( Download ) ♟ The Knight in the Panther's Skin ♶ The first English verse translation of the Georgian epic of adventure and romance written in th or th century Urushadze has also produced a popular anthology of Georgian poetry in English Her preface explains the original metrical structure, which is so complex that sometimes it requires rhyming words to the fourth syllable She also includes a brief list of Georgian words she retained, many of them names An introduction by David M Lang oriental and African studies, U of London puts Rustaveli and his poem in historical context Annotation c Book News, Inc Portland, OR Badgers Parting Gifts which is so complex that sometimes it requires rhyming words to the fourth syllable She also includes a brief list of Georgian words she retained Ostend: Stefan Zweig, Joseph Roth, and the Summer Before the Dark many of them names An introduction by David M Lang oriental and African studies Ist Dieses Buch Ansteckend?: Erste Hilfe Für Hypochonder U of London puts Rustaveli and his poem in historical context Annotation c Book News Magicborn Inc Portland Enemy on the Euphrates: The British Occupation of Iraq and the Great Arab Revolt 1914-1921 OR it s like to listen Beatles translation reading it s translation but the main virtue is that its author was a real philosophical Constantinople.he made the mixture of Christian, platonic and Arabic thoughts through the idea of humanism and this was a invention there you can see whole epic as fighting for love friendship and devotion It took me into memories of persian literature that I have long forgotten The names of places and characters sound familiar The amusing thing about the main characters is that they are religous but somewhat secular quite interesting There is intersting reference to Qais referred to as Quaisi the Majnoon of Laila The book getsandinteresting as you read on, starting in a rather not so obvious melancholy But once you get to know the style of euology, it becomes interesting Enjo It took me into memories of persian literature that I have long forgotten The names of places and characters sound familiar The amusing thing about the main characters is that they are religous but somewhat secular quite interesting There is intersting reference to Qais referred to as Quaisi the Majnoon of Laila The book getsandinteresting as you read on, starting in a rather not so obvious melancholy But once you get to know the style of euology, it becomes interesting Enjoyed reading it Slowly making my way through the Georgian with a local friend. It sthan a book It is a genuine masterpiece of philosophy of life Der Recke im Tigerfell The Knight in Tigerskin By Schota Rusthawelli about 1172 to 1216 The 12th century epic poem, originally composed in the Georgian Language, has in this edition been rewritten in its poetic verse form into the German Language, and in no ordinary way, but in exquisite meter and vocabulary, which in its own right is a masterpiece The poem itself is a curious mixture of cultural influences, Persian, Arabic, European knighthood and chivalry.Rostewan the Arab king, is a her Der Recke im Tigerfell The Knight in Tigerskin By Schota Rusthawelli about 1172 to 1216 The 12th century epic poem, originally composed in the Georgian Language, has in this edition been rewritten in its poetic verse form into the German Language, and in no ordinary way, but in exquisite meter and vocabulary, which in its own right is a masterpiece The poem itself is a curious mixture of cultural influences, Persian, Arabic, European knighthood and chivalry.Rostewan the Arab king, is a hero s name that can also be found in Shahnameh, The Epic of the Persian Kings, by Ferdowsi.The language used in Rusthawelli epic is as colorful and overly romantic as is used in the Persian Shahnameh and in Arabian Nights But then the Knightly Chivalry motivating its heroes at the service of their faultless virgin maids is well inspired from European Medieval tales like King Arthurs Knights, and so are their outfits of shining armors, metal helmets swords and spear and all An exceptional book of beauty and romantic poetry