Samak, a rogue with the skills of a ninja and the ideals of a knight, leads his band of ayyars in a thrilling adventure of secret missions, battlefield heroics, love and intrigue. A masterpiece of Persia’s thousand-year-old oral storytelling tradition, Samak the Ayyar is a vivid glimpse into the enchanting world that inspired Prince of Persia.
Paperback, 456 pages
Published by Columbia University Press
"This medieval Persian romance which enjoys enormous popularity in the Persian-speaking world is translated in a very attractive way... Conveying the spirit of the original, Mechner and Rassouli are an exceptional match to carry out this difficult task. Samak the Ayyar will attract a broad readership with different cultural backgrounds."
— Asghar Seyed-Gohrab, author of Courtly Riddles: Enigmatic Embellishments in Early Persian Poetry