The 200th anniversary of Johann Wolfgang Goethe’s West-Eastern Divan forms the inspiration for A New Divan (Gingko, 2019), a multi-lingual collection of poems and translations on Goethe’s original themes from a roster of twenty-four leading poets in eleven languages, with facing English translations. With an introduction by Daniel Barenboim.
We are delighted that two of the poets involved in this project will speak at Sandoe’s on 2nd July – booking essential. Please see here for more details.
A valuable collection of essays which examine the controversy surrounding the use of images in Islamic art and in other religious cultures. It seeks to redress some of the misunderstandings that have arisen, particularly in the wake of ISIS.
Wonders of early civilisations: figurines from the Cyclades, Mesopotamia, Anatolia, the Oxus and Indus valleys, Iran, Iberia, etc. ‘Idols’ does not seem the right descriptive for these as we only guess at their function; but their small, highly concentrated presences give each of them an extraordinary power. Superbly illustrated.
A biography of the C14th proto-historian whose ‘Muqaddima’, on the principles of history and rise and fall of dynasties, is widely held to be a work of genius. Irwin, intelligent and contrary, is awake to the deceptiveness of making too many modern parallels: rather, through Ibn Khaldun, the modern reader can access a pre-modern approach to understanding societies and the world.