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In the Bazaar of Love: The Selected Poetry of Amir Khusrau

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I vow to die
that you might look my way.
See how many have died like me in the bazaar of love.

Amir Khusrau—poet, courtier, mystic, musician—straddled the worlds of politics and religion and helped forge a distinctive synthesis of Muslim and Hindu cultures. His poetry in Persian appealed equally to the Delhi sultans and to his Sufi sheikh, Nizamuddin Auliya. It was appreciate
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Published (first published March 10th 2011)
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Aseem Kaul
A disappointing read - Losensky's diction is tone-deaf and stilted, hovering awkwardly between the archaic and the contemporary; his grasp of the poem's meaning is frequently superficial; and his willful neglect of form (you can barely tell these poems are ghazals in the original) is hard to excuse. That these poems still retain some power is a testament to Khusrau, his subtle genius barely discernible beneath the turgid translation. The man deserves a better translator.
Garima Gupta
The only reason to thank the translators is that they made these masterpieces of ghazals available to a non-Persian speaking person like me.... It takes a bit of effort (wine makes it easier) to get over the awkwardness of English, to express emotions that just refuse to flow musically in that language. But once you get past that the emotions are divine!
Jibran
Poetry is difficult to translate but translations between languages that share no common cultural roots is even more difficult, more so when the originals follow a highly formal set of rules and metrical systems that are simply impossible to translate without taking liberties with the original, in which case the final product looks more like a rendition or an adaption than a translation. The problem with this edition is that a rather literal and flat translation has been attempted that does not ...more
Alisia Barringer
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Some very interesting Sufi poetry, love poems essentially but spiritual as well...

I like the personality of these poems, they are eccentric, strange, but seem very personal,
with a kind of intimacy, they come from a real place... not lofty but really focused on details
of ordinary life, poignant, and often very sad...

Brilliant stuff. Precursor of Rumi and other great Persian sufi poets...

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Ab'ul Hasan Yamīn ud-Dīn khusrow (1253–1325 CE) Hindi अमीर खुसरौ, (Urdu: ابوالحسن یمینالدین خسرو;, better known as Amīr Khusraw (also Khusrow, Hazrat Khusrow, Ameer Khusru) Dehlawī (meaning Amir Khusrau of Delhi) (امیر خسرو دہلوی) was a Sufi musician, poet and scholar. He was an iconic figure in the cultural history of the Indian subcontinent. He was a mystic and a spiritual disciple of Nizamuddin ...more
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