Dowlatabadi’s Latest Work to be Released in Iran

Publish Date : Wednesday 29 January 2014 - 15:40
‘Chancellorship of Emir Hasanak’ by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi is about to be released in the Iranian book market, while Firuzi Publications has offered the presale of the work which has so far sold 1500 copies.
Dowlatabadi’s Latest Work to be Released in Iran
IBNA: Speaking with IBNA, the public relations and sales manager of Firuzi Publications said the book will be published during February.

Given the wide reception of the work so far, it will most probably get a reprint before it is released.

3,000 copies of the work will be released in its first print-run.

Penned by the renowned Iranian author Mahmud Dowlatabadi, the book is on the story of the chancellorship of Hasanak the Vizier based on Persian historian Abul-Fazl Bayhaqi’s 'Masudian History.'

It is accompanied with a CD containing the audio version of one of the stories narrated by Dowlatabadi. 

Other Iranian news agencies had said that the book has been published, while its publisher said that it will be released early February.    

Firuzi Publications planned to finance making a sculpture of Dowlatabadi, which was to be set up in Sabzevar. However, the plan was cancelled due to Dowlatabadi’s objection. He proposed instead that the publisher work on 'Masudian History,' which is also known as 'The History of Bayhaqi.'

Bayhaqi (995–1077) worked as secretary at the Ghaznavid court and wrote a remarkable history of the Ghaznavids in 'Masoudian History,' which is the first major prose work in New Persian.

“His attention to details, led him to provide a number of intimate glimpses into the private lives and behavior of his contemporaries, as well as accounts of customs, ceremonies, and rites. He describes, for example, how Hasanak presented himself before the tribunal,” Encyclopaedia Iranica wrote.

Abu Ali Hasan bin Mohammad (called Hasanak) was a strong supporter of the succession claims of Sultan Mahmud’s younger son Mohammad. Hasanak and Ali bin Il-Arslan Qarib, Turkish military commander of the early Ghaznavids, Mahmud, Mohammad, and Masud I, no doubt hoped that they would be the real power behind the throne.

He was executed by hanging during the reign of Masud I. His official charge was disloyalty, which was a politically motivated charge.

'The History of Bayhaqi' has been translated into other languages. An Arabic version entitled 'Tarik al-Bayhaqi' was prepared by Yahya al-Kassab and Sadeq Nas’at and published in Cairo in 1956.

In addition, A. K. Arends published a Russian translation, 'Istoriya Masuda' (1030-41), in Tashkent in 1962 (2nd ed., Moscow, 1969).

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