The Night of Fitzgerald


The Bukhara Magazine – a prestigious bi-monthly publication in Persian dedicated to art, literature and culture since 1998 – held “the Night of Edward Fitzgerald” in Tehran on 8 July 2018 with the cooperation of the House of Humanities Intellectuals. The event included two speeches on Fitzgerald’s translation of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, respectively by Professor Manouchehr Anvar on the quality of the translation, and Dr. Mostafa Hosseini on the “Acceptance of Khayyám’s Rubáiyát in England during the Victorian Age.” A documentary on Fitzgerald’s life entitled “The Missing Truth”, directed by Mohammad Ali Farsi, was also screened during the event. Fitzgerald’s translation of Khayyám’s Rubáiyát in 1859 was indeed a major literary contribution in familiarizing the West with the work of Omar Khayyám (1048–1131 A. D.), dubbed “the Astronomer-Poet of Persia”. The translation is still among the bestselling books in the English-speaking world.


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