Husro & Shirin: Persian Legends in Love by Maryam Tabibzadeh

Husro & Shirin: Persian Legends in Love by Maryam Tabibzadeh
Published by Dream Books on January 28, 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction, Persian Fiction, Romance
Pages: 216
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Husro & Shirin: Persian Legends in Love by Maryam Tabibzadeh


Maryam Tabibzadeh has released a fascinating historical saga of the love affair between the king of the Persian Empire and the princess of Armenia, based on a true story which is set in the 6th century. Husro and Shirin follow the individual lives of three people across three cities, exploring the intimate details of their lives in Iran during this period. Through the loves and losses of these characters and the telling and retelling of the stories, the reader is allowed to experience Ancient Persian culture from the inside. From the architecture of the palaces to the rules governing relationships between men and women, the texture of this rich culture permeates the book and interweaves the realities of the time and place with the lives of these characters. By highlighting the importance of poetry in Persian culture, there are poems/songs throughout the novel which speaks of the love, tragedy, and joy that these characters experience over the years. Speaking from a place of great familiarity with the culture, Tabibzadeh takes the reader through time to experience the feeling of these characters. Tabibzadeh- tells the tale of Parviz and Shirin in a practiced, polished manner, capturing the poetry of the ancient story and its worldview: “That evening, when the night spread its hair, covering the world in darkness, Parviz went home and recited his prayers.” Describing the sources of inspiration and material for her novel, Tabibzadeh credits “This novel is the translation of beautiful Epic verses written by Nezami the famous Persian poet in the 12th century based on the true love story that rivals the Romeo and Juliette and is sweeter than any other romance you have ever read. I got some facts from another famous Poet Ferdowsi in the 10th century also.


5 Stars

Husro & Shirin: Persian Legends in Love, is an intelligently written and captivating historical romance grounded in the ancient wisdom of the poetic legends, and myths of the 6th century Persian Empire.

The author, Maryam Tabibzadeh, takes us on a cultural expedition in her incredible story, Husro & Shirin: Persian Legends in Love as the key characters travel across three cities in Iran. The sights and sounds of this bygone era come alive for the reader with descriptive details of the architecture, the terrain, and even everyday objects as the individuals traverse across this region. There within this journey lies a love story, a saga, a wishful yearning, and more.

The mighty King of the Persian Empire, Husro-Parviz, is at odds for his loyalty and love for his country contradicts his heart’s desire. He is deeply in love with a woman he couldn’t have, Shirin, the beautiful princess of Armenia. And, she loved him back, but the political fervor wasn’t on their side and she refuses to become his mistress.

Shirin’s devoted follower is the handsome artist Farhad who’d trade his life for hers. His love and loyalty are unquestionable and is tested at times knowing she loves another man. Her unrequited love for the king knows no end. He witnesses their tale of love, tragedy, and joy.

Tabibzadeh skillfully captures the poetry of this ancient tale translating the stunning verses originally composed by the renowned Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi in the 12th century into a full-length true love story. Adding to this, the monumental poet, Ferdowsi’s insightful writing in the 10th century was paramount in flushing out the essence of the story.

The characters in Husro & Shirin lived, loved, and shared a deep connection. This talented author has skillfully pulled back the curtains for our look into the epic tale of Husro & Shirin: Persian Legends in Love.

The novel is a rich and entertaining read that’ll educate you with its flawless historical value and subject matter. If you loved reading about Romeo and Juliet, you’ll embrace the satisfaction of reading Husro and Shirin’s authentic love story.

Artisan Book Reviews highly recommends Husro & Shirin: Persian Legends in Love by Maryam Tabibzadeh to readers who enjoy priceless storytelling. A highly recommended 5 Star read.
Book reviewed by CJ Bowen for ABR

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