IBNA- The book, ‘Hafiz, the Ugly Little Boy Who Became a Great Poet’ by translator and poet Paul Smith which was already published in the U.S. has been printed in Australia as well.
According to IBNA correspondent, Paul Smith (1945), an Australian expert and translator specialized in Persian poetry and literature particularly the work of Hafez (Hafiz) already had ‘Hafiz, the Ugly Little Boy Who Became a Great Poet’ published at CreateSpace in the U.S. in 2012.
This work which is targeted at children aged 9 to 11 reads that it is the true story of the ugliest boy of his age but with a remarkable memory whose father dies when he is eight and he has to live with his mother at his Uncle Sa’di's house.
Hafiz goes to work in a drapery shop where he becomes part of the people's overthrowing of a cruel ruler. He then becomes an apprentice baker, who delivers bread to the rich suburbs of Shiraz, Persia in 1320.
One day he catches sight of Nabat, the beautiful daughter of one of the cities wealthy traders, promised to a handsome prince. Hafiz pours his love into his poems/songs dedicated to her. His words are so wondrous that the greatest minstrel of the day Hajji, takes up his instrument and serenades his loved one for him.
His experiences with his Spiritual Master, Attar, and his songs and poems soon establish Hafiz as a force for truth and beauty through his much loved Shiraz, ravaged by wars and revolutions.
Paul Smith (b.1945) is a poet, author and translator of many books of Sufi poets of the Persian, Turkish, Arabic, Pashtu and other languages such as of Hafez, Sa’di, Nezami, Rumi, Obeyd Zakani, 'Attar, Sana'i, Jahan Khatun, Jami, Khayyam, Rudaki, Nesimi, Yunus Emre, Lalla Ded, Mu'in, Mahsati, Bulleh Shah, Shah Latif and many others, as well as his own poetry, fiction, plays, biographies, children's books and a dozen screenplays.