Storytelling World Magazine Honors Immortal Mullah Nasruddin

by rjs
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Published on: July 5, 2013
Immortal Mullah Nasruddin wins honor in Storytelling World magazine
Immortal Mullah Nasruddin wins honor in Storytelling World magazine

Storytelling World Magazine Honors Immortal Mullah Nasruddin

In the April/May 2012 issue of Storytelling World magazine: the announcement of the Honor given to Immortal Mullah Nasruddin, and the front cover art at the top of the page!

Thanks to Ann Shapiro from the Connecticut Storytelling Center for sending a copy of the magazine!


by rjs
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Published on: October 1, 2010


I am indebted to Robert M. Alter, who nearly two decades ago prophesied that a collection of crazy wisdom stories of the inscrutable Mullah was in my destiny.

“Story is the ship we sail across time,” Ursula LeGuin is quoted as saying. This project has been immeasurably enriched by my affiliation with the Connecticut Storytelling Center, whose director Ann Shapiro welcomed me to discover its storytellers and to share its outstanding folkloric resources.

Parts of the Foreword and Introduction were included in my article, “Nasruddin at 800,” published 2008 in Hearsay, the CSC newsletter. Learn more about the art of storytelling at the CSC website, <>.

In supporting the genesis of this project, many people have provided much-needed dabs of ammonia on the rear end of Nasruddin and his little grey donkey to propel them forward into existence in this collection. For their spark and spunk, I thank:

publisher Steve Berman, of Lethe Press

Steve Bhaerman, a.k.a. “Swami Beyondananda”

designer Toby Johnson

illustrator Sgott MacKenzie

Ralph Seligman, who copyedited the book

Oğuzhan “Ozzie” Özkan; Mehmet Ali, of Bears of Turkey; Cenk Uygur, of The Young Turks

Diane Edgecomb, Peg Donovan

Rev. Mike J. Ader

Dave O’Neal, Kendra Crossen Burroughs, Jonathan Green, Peter Turner, and Sam Bercholz of Shambhala Publications

Jeff Shaumeyer and Isaac Borocz

Thomas Cornick

Jerry L. Wheeler, Dale Chase, William Holden, and Wayne Courtois

Stephan Niederwieser, Felice Picano, Robert H. Hopcke,  P.J. Willis, S. Harrington, Todd Smith

the staff of my auxiliary “offices” at Bean & Leaf, and Muddy Waters cafés in New London

Joe Maulucci, webbear

Carol Karuna Lane, Sharon Kumuda Janis, David M. Keepnews, and Sw. Anantananda

Daniel M. Jaffe

and Meir D. Amiel, Esq.

Ultimately, this work never could have been realized without the enduring support from my loving husband, Rocco.

Ti voglio bene assai.


New London, Connecticut

July 2010

Welcome to!

Welcome to

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 or

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