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The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin

The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah NasruddinStories, jests, and donkey tales
of the beloved Persian folk hero

Collected and retold by Ron J. Suresha

with a Preface by Ann Shapiro, Executive Director, Connecticut Storytelling Center

cover illustration by Sgott MacKenzie

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 stories collected from dozens of sources by noted anthologist and lifelong Nasruddin devotee Ron J. Suresha, this collection easily becomes the definitive English anthology of popular 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 Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin

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

by Ron J. Suresha

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

isbn-10:  1-59021-175-8     •    isbn-13:   978-1-59021-175-5    •    Price: $18.00 usd

Categories: Folklore / Humor     •    Distributed by: ASP, Baker & Taylor, Ingram

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