Sa’adi’s Golestan: Sweet Iranian Stories
◊Author: Farhad Hasanzadeh
◊Publisher: Soureye Mehr Publishing house
◊Published in 2012
Sa’adi is one of Iranian classical poets who has written beautiful stories, fables and poems. But his pompous old-Persian language makes them hard for children to read and understand.
Farhad Hasanzadeh has chosen a modern diction and style in this book to present Golestan’s fables and parables. For instance, when a couple intend to buy a house but face a nosy neighbor, they change their mind. The atmosphere is so modern that you cannot think that it had happened eight centuries ago. The opening of every story is so attractive that you cannot stop reading and it seems it is being narrated by a professional eloquent storyteller.
The stories sound sweeter when you read “Whatever happened passed and never occurred again” or “I’d better say nothing, and you read the story by yourself.”
This book was selected by Kaoon’s 16th Book of the Year Festival in adoptions in 2013.