Once, when young Nasruddin was acting up in class by distracting his classmates with endless antics, jests, 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 by noted anthologist and lifelong Nasruddin fan Ron J. Suresha brings the beloved Persian folk hero into the 21st Century.
With more than 365 stories (seven parts each with seven sections of at least seven stories), this collection easily becomes the definitive English anthology of Mullah Nasruddin wit and wisdom. Storytellers, folklorists, Sufis, comedians, spiritual seekers, and everyone who loves to laugh will be enriched and enlightened by the Mullah’s uncommon sense of humor.
A Storytelling World Honor Book!
An Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award Winner!
”A contemporary reworking of the stories fit for a general audience…. The book has maintained the direct, unadorned style that is a hallmark of folk tales…. A delightful break from the everyday world for an hour or two.” —Green Man Review
”Identifies the real strength of Nasruddin’s stories in context to world literature and story performance, that is, its power to build bridges between cultures. The point of these stories is to speak to the audience in the language and metaphors that are familiar.” –Storytelling, Self, Society
Ron J. Suresha grew up in and around Detroit. For two decades he worked as a freelance proofreader and editor for publishers of Eastern religious and spiritual books. Suresha is the editor of two acclaimed nonfiction anthologies, Bi Men: Coming Out (Haworth/Routledge, 2006, with P. Chvany), and Bisexual Perspectives on the Life and Work of Alfred C. Kinsey (Routledge, 2010), both finalists for the Lambda Literary Award. His 2010 collection of Turkish folk tales from Lethe Press, The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin, won a Storytelling World Honor and an Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award. His 2012 book, Fur: The Love of Hair (Bruno Gmünder, with S. McGillivray), was named a Rainbow Book Award winner in nonfiction. He also authored a self-published beverage recipé book, Mugs o’ Joy: Delicious Hot Drinks. His spiritual travels have included pilgrimages to India, Israel, and Istanbul. He serves as acquisitions editor for the Bear Bones Books imprint of Lethe Press, and on the editorial board for Journal of Bisexuality. Suresha lives in Connecticut with his husband.