"I have appreciated the highly original, solid, and beautiful work
of David Fideler for many years. Love's Alchemy could come
only from his wide knowledge and sense of aesthetics. In its
musical words, the Sufi poets paint a delicate word-bridge between
the earthly and the spiritual, and they charm us, wakening the
human urge to transcend ourselves."
-- Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and Dark Nights of the Soul
"Love's Alchemy takes us into the tavern of mystical
love, full of intoxicating treasures of Sufi poetry. Here are the
masters of love, Rumi among them, whose words speak directly to the
soul. With beauty and wisdom they teach us the truth of our eternal
nature and how the heart opens to God. Treasure these poems and
allow them to nourish the secret and hidden parts of your innermost
-- Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, PhD, author of Sufism: The Transformation of the Heart "Love's Alchemy is a delightful and absorbing collection of translations from the major Persian Sufi poets. David and Sabrineh Fideler have provided authentic interpretations of these mystical texts in memorable form. Lovers of Rumi will be pleased to find so many other great authors from this tradition."
-- Carl W. Ernst, Zachary Smith Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill "This is how Sufis themselves teach Sufism: through poetry as alchemy. And these translations are indeed transmutations, changing the gold of Persian into the gold of English."
-- Peter Lamborn Wilson, author of Sacred Drift: Essays on the Margins of Islam