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Of Strangers and Bees by Hamid Ismailov, Shelley Fairweather-Vega

Of Strangers and Bees

A Hayy ibn Yaqzan Tale

Hamid Ismailov, Shelley Fairweather-Vega

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Imprint: Tilted Axis Press
Publisher: Tilted Axis Press
Publication date: 24 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9781911284369

In the latest thrilling multi-stranded epic from the award-winning author of The Devils' Dance, an Uzbek writer in exile traces the fate of the medieval polymath Avicenna, who shaped Islamic thought and science for centuries. The novel follows Avicenna across the ages from Ottoman Turkey to medieval Germany and Renaissance Italy.

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4 stars out of 5
Marcel Theroux
2 Nov 2019

"Learned, strange and charming, Of Strangers and Bees enriched my understanding of history"

Learned, strange and charming, Of Strangers and Bees enriched my understanding of history. It’s also gently ecumenical, fusing Christian and Islamic themes, and reminding the reader of the mythic tradition of bees - from a Breton legend about their origin in the tears of Christ, to the Islamic verse which Ismailov quotes approvingly: “There emerges from their bellies a drink, varying in colours, in which there is healing for people. Indeed in that is a sign for people who give thought.”

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