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American translations of Rumi’s works are obscure: Farrukh Dhondy – books creator interview


For author and playwright Farrukh Dhondy, discovering Rumi, like it’s for everybody else, was a second of revelation. “I by no means knew him however the household had copies of his translations of Omar Khayyam,” he says, including, “I grew to become conscious that he had translated a number of Persian poets amongst them Rumi.” Dhondy’s newest work, Rumi: A New Assortment, is a set of translations, which he calls “an ocean of verse”.

When Farrukh first learn Rumi, it was on a protracted flight. “The one author in my household or amongst my ancestors was my nice grandfather Jamshedji Saklatwala. I grew to become conscious that Khayyam had translated a number of Persian poets amongst them Rumi, although the household solely had a surviving copy of his Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. I had learn no Rumi until a buddy gave me a e-book of Rumi translations to occupy me on a flight to Australia. I settled into the flight and began to learn. The verses have been obscure, with out rhyme or rhythm and filled with combined metaphors, up to date American idiom which rendered them clumsy and weren’t passable, in any sense, as poetry.” This made him put the e-book apart and watch a movie as a substitute, he quips.

The creator provides that it isn’t shocking that the poet’s works have survived for hundreds of years. “His Masnavi (a poem) is named the ‘Koran in verse’ and wherever the ‘Sufi’ custom survives, his work does,” says Dhondy. The creator provides that within the American translations of his work, one can simply spot pretentious spirituality that the world is presently obsessive about. He says, “The American translations that I’ve learn are, with gobbledegook syntax, their combined metaphors and the whole absence of the felicity of Rumi’s rhythmic and rhyming poetry open to ridicule and caricature. Actually they caricature themselves.”

He provides, “The Sufi concept of ‘love’ in all his verses, is a love of God, a ardour for the final word spirit and never a hankering lust for a wished for or achieved mortal associate. There are definitely situations by which Rumi makes use of human love and intercourse as a pathway to the final word ‘love’ celebrated in his work. To mistake the metaphor for the top is idiotic, if not sacrilege.”

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