Immortal Mullah Nasruddin receives “Storytelling World Honor”

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Published on: February 25, 2012

The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin

has been named

“A Storytelling World Honor Book”

STW official announcement

Lethe Press
118 Heritage Ave., Maple Shade, NJ 08052 USA
http://www.lethepressbooks.com
February 25, 2012

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The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah NasruddinLethe Press is pleased to announce that one of its books, The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin, by Ron J. Suresha, has been chosen as an Honor Book in the Storytelling Collections category of the 2012 Storytelling World Awards.

The folk humor collection detailing the exploits of the 800-year-old Turkish “wise fool,” published last year by indy publisher Lethe Press of Maple Shade, NJ, was chosen as “A Storytelling World Honor Book” in the annual national refereed competition for valued resources in the “Storytelling Collections — All ages” category.

The winners and honors for each year’s Awards are displayed on the back cover of the April/May issue of Storytelling World / Storytelling Magazine, or are showcased inside the issue by categories. The resource title, author (performer), and publisher are provided, along with a short byline describing the item. The book cover and information are also published permanently on the Storytelling World website, http://www.storytellingworld.com.

Here is the Storytelling World official announcement.

The author, Ron J. Suresha, and Lethe Press publisher, Steve Berman, wish to thank award administrator Dr Flora Joy and the Storytelling World award committee judges for recognizing the book for its contribution to the storytelling community as a special folkloric resource.

The official announcement about all of this year’s award titles is expected to be was made public in March. Lethe is expected to reprint the title this year to include mention of the new honor.

The book, with a preface by Connecticut Storytelling Center director Ann Shapiro, has already received critical acclaim from Midwest Book Review, which called it “A fine pick and very highly recommended”; an extensive analysis in the scholastic journal Storytelling, Self, Society, and a positive review from the popular Green Man Review.

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    •    Softcover price: $18.00 USD
Categories: Humor / Folklore / World Literature / Middle Eastern Studies

 

Distributed by: ASP, Baker & Taylor, Ingram

 

Also available for Kindle, iBook, and all electronic-book formats @ Smashwords.com. For more information, and to order, go to

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

Editorial and Distribution Inquiries, Press Inquiries/Review copies:
Steve Berman, publisher: editor @ lethepressbooks.com

Immortal Mullah Nasruddin — available at Giovanni’s Room

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Published on: April 22, 2011

Mullah Nasruddin available at Giovanni’s Room / Queerbooks.com

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Immortal Mullah Nasruddin ~ now available on Kindle

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Published on: December 22, 2010

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Acknowledgments

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Published on: October 1, 2010

Acknowledgments

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, <www.connstorycenter.org>.

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.

RJS

New London, Connecticut

July 2010

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Published on: October 1, 2010

From the Foreword

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Published on: September 28, 2010

From the Author Foreword to “The Immortal Mullah Nasruddin”

by Ron J. Suresha

The wise fool Nasruddin has long been a cherished character in my family’s oral and literary folklore tradition. As a youngster I listened to my mother . . . who spoke conversational Arabic, recount the droll foibles and follies of the bumbling Mullah. His fables, anecdotes, and parables, based in Turkish and Persian folk wisdom, were among the first stories that I learned.

In my twenties, while living for eight years in several ashrams (residential yoga communities) in the United States and India, I heard many more Mullah Nasruddin tales. The stories were frequently used in formal lectures by my teachers and by other meditation students to illuminate, often with comedic effect, the common foolishness and occasional uncommon sense of human nature. This exposure to a broad range of Near and Far Eastern religious and spiritual teachings enriched my understanding of the stories as it increased my appreciation for Sufi culture and philosophy.

. . . For many years, my main literary sources in English for Nasruddin folklore were copies in the ashram library of three popular but dated collections of English-language editions of Nasruddin stories authored by Sufi writer Idries Shah, issued from British publisher Octagon Press. I became hopelessly addicted to Mullah (or “Sheikh”) humor, and sought out more Nasruddin lore in the ashram library, where I spent my few spare minutes copying my favorites by hand.

In 1997, while working as production editor for Shambhala Publications in Boston, I presented a formal proposal for a pocket edition of Nasruddin stories reprinted from the Shah volumes, but Octagon declined the query. From that initial proposal I developed this project, my own contemporary retelling of the Nasruddin corpus.

Based on narratives learned first through oral transmission, over the past fifteen years I collected and indexed several thousand versions of nearly one thousand stories and parables, anecdotes and aphorisms, and jests and jokes of the hapless Mullah. These retellings are based on more than two dozen published sources in English, Spanish, German, French, and Hebrew, including tales presented online but not in printed form, which are referenced in the Bibliography.

Excluding a few longer pieces that incorporate smaller bits, the stories here, told seven at a sitting as per the oral tradition of Nasruddin’s “curse,” are gathered in sevens: seven parts with seven sections each containing seven stories (7³ = 343).

The selections comprise the most popular, amusing, meaningful, and compelling ones repeated among my sources. My goals have been to craft fresh, strong, clear presentations of the folklore, to incorporate the best aspects of each known variation, and to adapt the narrative material to contemporary readership.

. . .

Read the complete Foreword and Introduction by the author in the book: pre-order here.

Pre-order “Immortal Mullah Nasruddin” now from Amazon

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Published on: September 27, 2010

The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin

Stories, Jests, and Donkey Tales of the Beloved Persian Folk Hero

The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin is now available for pre-order from Amazon. Ordering through the link below helps support this website.

 

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Welcome to MullahNasruddin.com!

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

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