New edition of *Uncommon Sense of Immortal Mullah Nasruddin* available now

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A new, thoroughly revised edition of The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin is now available from Bear Bones Books!

Nasruddin and his donkey ride again in this award-winning collection of his crazy wisdom stories.

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

Storytelling World Honor Book ~ Storytelling Collections
Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award ~ Winner

“A fine pick and very highly recommended.”   — Midwest Book Review


“A contemporary reworking of the tales (the stories fit for a general audience, at least) …

to Suresha’s credit he 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.” — The Green Man Review


“Suresha 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


“These hilarious, and at times, ribald folk tales of the Turkish wise fool take the reader to another time and place, and share the spiritual lessons of Nasruddin. …

The teaching stories included in this volume help to build bridges between cultures by exemplifying Arabic wisdom and universal human humor.”

— from the Preface by Ann Shapiro, Executive Director, Connecticut Storytelling Center

Once when young Nasruddin was acting up in class, distracting his friends from their proper studies with endless antics, jests, and stories, his irate teacher uttered a curse: “Whatever you say or do, people will only laugh at you.”

Now, eight centuries later, children, adults, and wise fools everywhere are still laughing at Nasruddin (Nasreddin Hoca), one of the world’s most beloved folk characters. This entertaining and insightful retelling of more than 365 Mullah stories brings the famed Persian legend (and his little grey donkey) into the Twenty-First Century.

Storytellers and folklorists, Sufis and yogis, comedians and wisdom seekers — and everyone who loves to laugh will be enriched and enlightened by the timeless wit, inscrutable wisdom, and uncommon sense of humor of Mullah Nasruddin.


The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin

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

by Ron J. Suresha

Bear Bones Books  December 2017

Paperback: 212 pp. •   Includes glossary and bibliography

isbn-10: 1-98205-567-7   •   isbn-13:  978-1-98205-567-7   •

Categories: Folklore / Humor / World Literature / Middle Eastern Studies


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Kindle e-book $8.99

Also available in audiobook format from, narrated by Ted Brooks.


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