Information: 130 pages, paperback
They say: Born in Balkh (present-day Afghanistan), Jelaluddin Rumi (1207-1273) is one of the greatest Persian mystics and poets the world has known. His message of love speaks directly to the heart and transcends the limitations of language and the boundaries of time. In the vast depths of Rumi's work the short quatrains, the Rubaiyat, are like crystals. They sparkle with the many hues of the rainbow and contain worlds inside. As we hold them in our hands they capture us with their mystery. Transparent and clear they open doors into the wonder of inner spaces and longing. Whispers of two lovers in a crowd.
Azima Melita Kolin is a concert pianist and an artist. She finished her studies in music and art at the Academy in Rome and Geneva. Her love for Rumi's poetry has been the inspiration for concerts and workshops based on his poems.
Maryam Mafi, born and raised in Iran, finished her university education in the USA. She has been translating Persian writers and poets since 1989. Her interest in Sufism and Rumi in particular is life-long.
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Reviews - rated 4/5 based on customer reviews4 out of 5 By Rachel NewcombeRumi was a thirteenth century Persian mystic, poet and teacher, and here, in this pocket-sized volume, translators Maryam Mafi and Azima Melita Kolin have gathered together a collection of his work.
At the start of the book there's some fascinating background information about Rumi's life and his encounters with the wandering mystic, Shams of Tabriz. In many ways it was Shams who was responsible for triggering Rumi's connection with the divine, which in turn brought about his poetic inspiration.
The rest of the book is devoted to sharing a selection of Rumi's poems, with each piece simply presented on a single page. Rumi's words mostly speak of love, spiritual issues and his relationship with the divine, and all of the pieces are short. The best element is that he writes about complicated issues with complete simplicity - there are no illusions, just bare-boned facts.
Even if you've never heard of Rumi before, and don't think you like poetry, you're likely to be able to pick this up and read it with ease - it's that open and accessible. With its bite-sized poems and topics that are still meaningful today, this is a lovely introduction to the work of Rumi.