Do you know the tale of Romeo and Juliet ? Of course, you do! How about the tale of Khosrow and Shirin ? If you are a westerner, this is probably less likely. Khosrow and Shirin is a famous Persian tragic romance written in the 12th century and lucky reader; it is retold in Maryam Tabibzadeh’s book, Husro & Shirin: Persian Legends in Love !
This was a swift read, not only due to its minute length but because I was so engrossed in the drama I couldn’t put it down! Husro (and Khosrow) means King, and in this story, the Husro Parviz loves the Princess Shirin. The romance begins in their youth when Parviz dreams he will one day marry the most beautiful woman. In his search for the woman meeting the dream’s description, he discovers that the Armenian Princess Shirin must be his foretold bride. Over the years, the two fall in love but a series of artfully crafted events keep them from being together until they are well into middle-age.
This story has all of the components of an epic legend: the princess more beautiful than any other woman, the daring and intelligent King, wise advisors and prophecies, a love triangle, a war that delays true love, marriage to another, and of course tragic death.
February 21, 2018, 12:28 pm - The reviewer wrote:
What an epic tale! I love how Parviz is proved to be a good and worthy king in the way he tries* to honorably handle Farhad. I also love the characterization of Shirin as noble and chaste. She denies him time and time again until they are married. They are both examples of true royalty. And the ending! Rip my heart out! I wonder if Shakespear based his Juliette ending on Shirin?