The Conference of the Birds - Penguin Classics

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Publisher's Synopsis

Composed in the twelfth century in north-eastern Iran, Attar's great mystical poem is among the most significant of all works of Persian literature. A marvellous, allegorical rendering of the Islamic doctrine of Sufism - an esoteric system concerned with the search for truth through God - it describes the consequences of the conference of the birds of the world when they meet to begin the search for their ideal king, the Simorgh bird. On hearing that to find him they must undertake an arduous journey, the birds soon express their reservations to their leader, the hoopoe. With eloquence and insight, however, the hoopoe calms their fears, using a series of riddling parables to provide guidance in the search for spiritual truth. By turns witty and profound, The Conference of the Birds transforms deep belief into magnificent poetry.

Book information

ISBN: 9780140444346
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
DEWEY: 297.4
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Sales rank: 47876
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 224g
Height: 195mm
Width: 126mm
Spine width: 15mm