This is the translation of one of the world's greatest masterpieces
THE BUSTAN OF SA'DI
Sheikh Muslih-uddin Sa'di Shirazi
Bustan in Persian means flower-garden and Bustan of Sa'di
is a composition of stories and maxims each representing a flower of this
Bustan of Sa'di is world famous due to its eloquence of style,
clear language, moral guidance and counseling through the art of poetry.
Sa'di himself describes this book as:
I traveled in many regions of the globe and passed the days in the company of many men. I reaped advantages in every corner, and gleaned an ear of corn from every harvest. I regretted that I should go from the garden of the world empty-handed to my friends, and reflected: "Travelers bring sugar-candy from Egypt as a present to their friends. Although I have no candy, yet have I words that are sweeter. The sugar that I bring is not that which is eaten, but what knowers of truth take away with respect ..."
This is the translated version of this masterpiece and the only version available on-line that brings Sa'di's rose garden to your fingertips.
|You can download and print the whole book of Bustan (in English).|
|PDF, 944K, 67p.|
|With many thanks to Elaine Gladstone Daitch. She did the great job of typesetting and submitting the whole text and made this nice printable version available.|
|And a wish:||I've a dream of having a world wide and freely accessible Online Library of Persian Art and Literature including classics and contemporary poetry, fine arts, etc., all in Persian. Why not leaving those treasures on-line for our children to read and enjoy? Why not telling our kids where did we come from and how our ancestors contributed to the human culture? Is there anyone else feeling the same? If so, we should work together. I've already taken the first steps and seek help from all of you on volunteer basis. A way that you can contribute to implement this and make it more fruitful is to send me books related to Persian literature in any language, Persian, English, Japanese, French or German. Your contribution to introducing our culture to the world will be highly appreciated. My mail address is given at the bottom of this page. Thank you.|
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