npr reviews English edition of the Shahnameh

https://www.npr.org/2013/08/25/214831942/heart-of-iranian-identity-reimagined-for-a-new-generation

npr reviews an entirely English edition of the Shahnameh by interviewing the illustrator of the translation;  Hamid Rahmanian. He explain that the true identity of Iran will always be that of poetry, and Shahnameh is central to that. This is mostly likely why the government is so eager to put it back together. It is almost as if they are trying reclaiming their scattered identity from the chaos of modern Iran.

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