Who is Nizami Ganjavi? A simple embroiderer from Ganja, for that is how his plain name, which stands under the finest poems that Iran has ever heard, is translated. The exuberant and significant Abu Muhammad Ilias ibn Yusuf ibn Zaki Muayyad, he left for the city books and family chronicles to enter the world literature by a modest slave, with the patience of the embroiderer braiding the pattern of exquisite poems.
Who is Afak? An unfortunate slave, a captive Polovchanka, who was sold to Derbent by a girl. The ruler of this glorious city Dara Muzaffarr ad-Din was pleased with the acquisition: Afak grew up in a beautiful and intelligent girl, able to delight the speeches and dancing of the most demanding guests. True, Afak was obstinate and disobedient, which was why she was often exiled to the stables. So when Muzaffarr conceived to reward Nizami, he found nothing more witty than to give him Afak: an insignificant slave to an insignificant verse.
So they met, embroiderer and slave. Often, destiny, conceiving humiliation, gives a person the greatest happiness. So it was here. Nizami and Afak fell in love with each other. The embroiderer did not disgrace the girl – for nothing that is simple, where he is to the rulers and masters of countries and cities! – and married her, making mistress of a good house, the house in which poetry lived.
Four years Afak and Nizami enjoyed each other, and finally Allah gave...
A thousand years have passed since that time – and we know almost nothing about Nizami and Afak. Kroki: he is a kind of embroiderer, she is a Polovtsian slave. Someone – the researchers suggest that the son of Muhammad, – entered into the chapter of the ancient manuscript telling about the ancient philosophers, a few words about Nizami.
But poems and poems, over which, without raising their heads, the poet lamented, they are alive. And the lines continue to breathe with love, and tenderness, and sorrow, and sadness, and joy-all those for which the Slave and the Embroiderer lived many, many years ago.