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Nasruddin and his donkey
Mullah Nasruddin and his donkey

The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin

Stories, jests, and donkey tales
of the beloved Persian folk hero

Collected and retold by Ron J. Suresha


With a Preface by Ann Shapiro

Director, Connecticut Storytelling Center

Nasruddin and his donkey ride again — in this inspired new collection of his crazy wisdom stories!

Once, when the young fool Nasruddin was acting up in class by distracting his classmates with endless antics, jokes, and stories, his irate teacher uttered a curse:

“Whatever you do or say,

wherever you go or stay,

whether it’s night or day —

people will only laugh at you.”

Now, eight centuries later, people everywhere are still laughing at the immortal Mullah Nasruddin, one of the world’s most beloved folk characters.

This entertaining and insightful retelling of the Nasruddin corpus brings the beloved Persian folk hero into the 21st Century. With more than 350 of the most popular Nasruddin stories collected from dozens of sources by noted anthologist and lifelong Nasruddin devotee Ron J. Suresha, this collection gathers the most beloved and meaningful tales of Mullah Nasruddin wit and wisdom. Storytellers, folklorists, Sufis, Young Turks, comedians, spiritual seekers, and everyone who loves to laugh will be enriched and enlightened by the Mullah’s uncommon sense of humor.

The original cover watercolor of Mullah Nasruddin and his donkey was rendered by Sgott MacKenzie.

Lethe Press, January 2011    •    232 pp.    •    Includes glossary and bibliography

ISBN-10:  1-59021-175-8     •    ISBN-13:   978-1-59021-175-5    •    Price: $18.00 USD

Categories: Humor / Folklore / World Literature

Distributed in print by: ASP, Baker & Taylor, Ingram

Also available for Kindle, iBook, and all electronic-book formats

For more information, and to order:

email nasruddinbook[AT]gmail [DOT]com

or go to http://www.MullahNasruddin.com or http://www.LethePressBooks.com

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