Monday, 8 November 2021
Navid Kermani, the German writer of Iranian descent, calls Fakruddin Attar’s Book of Suffering the “darkest poetry ever written by a human being.”
HER son was dead, murdered, and the mother wept, took off her veil, bent over, and held him. The 13th century Iranian poet Fakruddin Attar depicts this scene as one of not only sorrow, but also anger:
Her back was bent like a bow,
Shooting the arrow of her suffering to heaven
When someone chastises her and orders her to put her veil back on, the woman says :
If the fire burned in your liver as it burns in mine, My actions would not...
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