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“The wisdom and enchantment of thousands of years are spun together in this vivid, beautifully written book. The author brings one tribe in Afghanistan into your heart as well as your mind, taking you on a fascinating journey across the centuries and laying bare the undying strength as well as the trials, triumphs and tribulations of the Hazara people. A wonderful account of the past in fiction. [The Honey Thief] was a true joy to read.”
—Deborah Rodriguez, author of New York Times bestseller Kabul Beauty School
“If a story is a recipe for how life should be, then Mazari’s unforgettable stories—of wolves and warriors, beekeepers and musicians—hold the power to rewrite his country’s past. Reading his recipes for traditional Afghan food feels like being in the kitchen with your favorite uncle. The Honey Thief is one of those books you’ll want to read out loud so you can delight in Mazari’s wise and funny voice.”
—Annia Ciezadlo, author of Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love and War
“This is such a charming book. Its delightful tales take me back to my own childhood of stories. It’s so good to see another side of Afghanistan—here we see a magical place, full of trials, certainly, but where we can observe the triumph of the human spirit. It has lessons for all of us in the West. How good to see the enormously rich vein of Afghan traditional story-telling tapped rather than the usual catalogue of death and destruction we read of in the papers.”
—Saira Shah, Emmy-winning filmmaker of Death in Gaza and author of The Storyteller’s Daughter and the upcoming novel, The Mouse-Proof Kitchen
“An homage to the richly folkloric Afghani culture. This entertaining tapestry of myths from Mazari and Hillman will shed light on the Hazara people and their backgrounds.” —Publishers Weekly
“The artistic process behind this collection is uncommon, for Mazari, an immigrant to Melbourne, tells his stories to Australian author Hillman, who reshapes them and then runs them by Mazari again to see whether he has captured the authenticity of his original voice. Mazari and Hillman’s collaboration reveals the rich culture of a region largely unknown in the West.” —Kirkus
Najaf Mazari fled Afghanistan in 2001 for Australia, where he now lives with his wife and daughter and owns a shop in Melbourne selling traditional Afghan rugs. He is the author of the memoir The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif.
Robert Hillman is a Melbourne-based writer whose autobiography, The Boy in the Green Suit, won the Australian National Biography Award in 2005.
Makes you want the world to stop wars. Loved the stories showing gentleness, kindness still existing in a cruel, greedy world. Read morePublished 15 months ago by G. Maloney
A very enjoyable series of short stories all set in Afghanistan. The stories give insight into Afghani culture but stand on their own as great stories.Published 17 months ago by Sara Hall
This was an interesting book that shed light on the tribal difficulties of this troubled land. The insights of the recent history of this region that will have a lasting impact on... Read morePublished 21 months ago by corvus corax
Beautiful collection of stories from Afghanistan. After reading it @ library, I bought a copy for a friend who is a bee keeper and he and his wife are enjoying them too. Read morePublished on September 17, 2013 by Karen Fletcher
I have enjoyed many of the books of Khaled Hosseini. This was recommended and I thought I would give it a try. I must say that I enjoyed it tremendously. Read morePublished on September 5, 2013 by Kevin Roche
Historical Fiction of life in rural Afganistan. Enlightening to the daily Real World in that Country. Well written. Easy to read. Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by millersf
I would recommend this read. I liked the flow of the stories and that the stories appear to come from a real storyteller.Published on June 9, 2013 by Price Checker
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Rating : 4/5
The Honey Thief is about the Hazara people of Afghanistan. Read more