Kaveh Farrokh’s second text, Shadows in the Desert: Ancient Persia at War-Персы: Армия великих царей-سایههای صحرا (April 2007; 320 pages; ISBN: 9781846031083; Osprey Publishing) is the first text to specifically outline the military history of ancient Iran from the bronze age to the end of the Sassanian era. This book was recently translated for the second time into Persian by Taghe Bostan publishing which is affiliated with The University of Kermanshah:
Farrokh’s second text translated into Persian for the second time. This version was translated by Bahram Khozai and published in Iran by the -طاق بستان- Taghe-Bastan company on January 21, 2012 (01 بهمن، 1390).
The second translation of the book into Persian cited above is independent of the first Persian translation by Shahrbanu Saremi (entitled -سایههایی در بیابان: ایران باستان در زمان جنگ-) which appeared through Qoqnoos Publishers in 2011.
Shadows in the Desert Ancient Persia at War – The first Persian translation by Qoqnoos Publishers with the English to Persian translation having been done by Shahrbanu Saremi (LEFT), The original publication by Osprey Publishing (CENTER) the Farrokh text translated into Russian (consult the Russian EXMO Publishers website) (RIGHT).
The Tehran Times on July 4, 2011 as well as The Times of Iran (July 4, 2011) announced the first translation of Farrokh’s book into Persian by Qoqnoos Publishers with the final report on this made by the official Mehr News Agency of Iran on September, 24, 2011 (see also earlier report by Mehr News in Persian -ناگفتههایی از قدرت سپاهیان ایران باستان در «سایههای صحرا» بازگو شد-). This has also been reported in Press TV, Khabar Farsi, Balatarin and the official Iran Book News Association (IBNA-سايههاي صحرا؛ ايران باستان در جنگ منتشر شد -) on September 28, 2011.
Below are a number of reviews of the text:
- Middle East (2007)
- Iranshenasi (A Journal of Iranian Studies) (2010)
- Amordad-Nameh (2011)
- Quardini Asiatici (2011)
- Iran Review (2011)
- More reviews…
The Persian translation has been very well-received in Iran as indicated by the November 2011 newspaper clip below: