Omar Khayyam (1048 - 1131) was a Persian astronomer and mathematician born in Nishapur in northeastern Iran who lived and worked at the courts of the Seljuk dynasty. Modern scholars agree that there is very little (if any) of the collected work of poetry know as the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam that can be certainly attributed to the historical figure. A tradition of attribution grew up in the centuries after Khayyam's death which culminated in Edward Fitzgerald's translation in the 19th Century. Juan Cole is a public intellectual, prominent blogger and essayist, and the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan, USA. He is the translator of Broken Wings and The Vision by Khalil Gibran.
'To read Juan Cole's deft, plain-spoken translation of the Rubaiyat is to find companionship, to rejoin a thousand-year human conversation about how to endure, enjoy, and find a fleeting beauty in everlastingly dire times. The lucid, cogent and mind-opening Epilogue is a kind of grace, a gift freely given, from one of our most astonishing and generous intellects.' * Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Moonglow (2017) * 'Omar Khayyam is a Persian treasure and Juan Cole's new translation brings him anew to Western audiences who for centuries have been both delighted and educated by this medieval sage! Reading The Rubaiyat is a thrill - you feel the echoes of the 12th century seamlessly into our 21st, as this is a holy book of wisdom and magic. In another perilous era for Iranians, it's wonderful to see this enchanting volume make its way through the world yet again!' * Porochista Khakpour, novelist, essayist and author of Brown Album (2020) *