The Honey Thief

By Najaf Mazari; Robert Hillman
(Viking Books, Hardcover, 9780670026487, 290pp.)

Publication Date: April 18, 2013

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This enchanting novel of interwoven legends burns with both gentle intelligence and human warmth

This extraordinary book, derived from the long oral tradition of storytelling in Afghanistan, presents a mesmerizing portrait of a people who triumph with intelligence and humor over the oppressions of political dictators and an unforgiving landscape.
A musician conjures stones to rise in the air and teaches his art to a mute child. Master Poisoner, Ghoroob of Mashad, has so perfected his craft that it is considered an honor to die from his meals. These are stories of magic and wonder in which ordinary people endure astonishing extremes in a world of bloodshed and brotherhood, miracles and catastrophes.

With lyrical wit and profound simplicity, The Honey Thief reveals an Afghanistan of greater richness and humanity than is conveyed in newspaper headlines; an Afghanistan not of failure and despair, but of resilience and fulfillment.

About the Author

Robert S. Hillman, MD
Chairman Emeritus
Department of Medicine
Maine Medical Center
Professor of Medicine
Maine Medical Center-Tufts University School of Medicine
Boston, MA
Kenneth A. Ault, MD
Director Emeritus
Maine Medical Center Research Institute
Portland, ME
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Vermont College of Medicine
Burlington, VT
Michel Leporrier, MD
Professor of Hematology
Head, Clinical Hematology Department
Centre Hospitalier & Universitaire
Caen, France
Henry M. Rinder, MD
Director, Hematology Laboratory
Yale-New Haven Hospital
Professor of Laboratory Medicine and
Internal Medicine (Hematology)
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT
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