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Adapted by Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner from a new translation by Freydoon Rassouli, the timeless adventures of Samak the ayyar — Persia’s “Robin Hood” — can now be enjoyed by English-speaking audiences.
Samak, a rogue with the skills of a ninja and the ideals of a knight, leads his band in a thrilling, multi-layered saga of secret missions, battlefield heroics, and star-crossed romance between a noble Persian prince and princess. A masterpiece of Persia’s thousand-year-old oral storytelling tradition, Samak the Ayyar offers a rare, vivid glimpse into the enchanting world that inspired Prince of Persia.
"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
"This ancient Persian tale of adventure and romance comes to marvelous life in Jordan Mechner’s fluent, fast-paced rendering of Freydoon Rassouli’s modern translation. Epic in its sweep and human passions, it conjures a captivating world of warriors, princesses, renegades, viziers and witches. A treasure of world literature to place beside Gilgamesh, The Odyssey and the Thousand and One Nights."
— Eric Jager
Author of The Last Duel and Blood Royal