In The Guardian, novelist Lawrence Norfolk selects Bunting’s Persia as a “book of the year”: “Finally, another encounter with otherness: Bunting’s Persia reissued this year by Flood Editions and collects translations made by Basil Bunting of medieval Persian poetry. These lines were translated from original verses by Manuchehri, who wrote more than 1,000 years ago.
Much do I wonder at one whom sleep bears away
where there is yet a bottle of wine in the house
and yet more wonder at him who drinks without music …”
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