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 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