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  • 12/5/2010

Doc on Khayyam and FitzGerald to be reviewed in Tehran


“Lost Truth”, an Iranian documentary that scrutinizes the disappearance of “The Great Omar”, a jeweled binding of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, will be reviewed in a session at Tehran’s Book City on Tuesday.

The magnificent version of the Rubaiyat that was bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe in England in 1911 was lost in the Titanic disaster.

Directed by Mohammad-Ali Farsi, the film studies the efforts Edward FitzGerald made in the translation of the masterpiece of Persian literature in 1859.

It also pursues the intellectual and spiritual relationship between Khayyam and FitzGerald.

Scholars Hushang Rahnama, Amir-Ali Nojumian, Alireza Qasemkhan and director Farsi are scheduled to discuss the issue, which will be followed by a screening of the documentary.

About “The Great Omar”, Sangorski & Sutcliffe state on their website, “The book was undoubtedly the most ambitious bookbinding project ever undertaken by any bookbinder in any period of history.”

“It boasted over a thousand precious and semi-precious jewels, thousands of separate leather onlays and took the firm two years of continuous work to finish.”

“Finally completed in 1911, the book was on a voyage to America when it was tragically lost in the Titanic disaster.”

The session will be held at the cultural institute of Book City located on Ahmad Qasir St., Shahid Beheshti Ave.

Source: tehrantimes.com

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