Stranger in the Village of the Sick
A Memoir of Cancer, Sorcery, and Healing
By (author) Paul Stoller
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Stranger in the Village of the Sick by Paul Stoller
Book DescriptionAfter more than fifty years as the model of perfect health, anthropologist Paul Stoller suddenly finds himself diagnosed with lymphoma. The only thing more transformative than his fear and dread of cancer is the place it ultimately takes him--twenty-five years back in time to his days as an apprentice to a West African sorcerer. Stranger in the Village of the Sick follows Stoller down this unexpected path toward personal discovery, growth, and healing. Drawing upon an ancient, esoteric tradition, he explores the symbiotic relationship between illness and health, the differences in how disease is culturally perceived, and the stunning capacity of the human spirit to convert adversity into strength and transform knowledge into wisdom. "A courageous and extraordinary book . . . No one coping with cancer today should be without Stranger in the Village of the Sick." --David Napier, author of The Age of Immunology "Neither a tear-jerking testimony nor a morbid story, Stoller's riveting narrative is ebullient, enthralling, and altogether celebratory of life. It is also a superb reminder of the transitory nature of our own lives . . . a masterpiece from a gifted writer." --Jean-Paul Dumont, author of Visayan Vignettes
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780807072608
(216mm x 140mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Beacon Press
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United States
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