Nizami - Evgenii E. Berthels
218pp • 210x132mm
Available: April 2017
An engaging introduction to the great Azerbaijani Poet, Nizami, and his greatest works; a book for lovers of good literature everywhere.
Evgenii E. Berthels’ compelling book describes the life, work and context of Nizami Ganjavi and his poems. His book not only details fascinating stories about the history of Azerbaijan but also portrays Nizami as a remarkable figure, not only in literature and art, but also human civilization in general. Berthel’s evaluation of Nizami reveals how his work transcends national, racial, religious and geographical borders, and explores how Nizami’s poetry is still relevant 750 years later.
About the Author
Evgenii E. Berthels (1890 – 1957) taught himself Persian and Turkish and in 1918 became a student at the Petrograd State University. After a year he was appointed lecturer in Persian language and literature. In 1946, he became professor of the Moscow Institute of Oriental Studies; and in 1950, he was appointed head of its Soviet Orient Department. In the post-Stalin era Berthels became one of the first Soviet orientalists to participate in conferences and to publish abroad. From the late 1930s to the mid-1950s, he was the mentor of most Soviet researchers of Persian and Muslim Turkic literatures. He is best known for his nine-volume Moscow Shah-nama (1960-71).
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London launch: Leighton House, June 2017 - more here.