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Entry from Anna's Diary

A Year of Keeping Bees

15 March 1980

When we first decided to become hobby beekeepers, it was because our friend Ole had been doing it for a very long time and seemed to find a lot of solace in the rituals and responsibility. But I had some doubts.

The wings of honeybees stroke about 11,400 times per minute-hence the distinctive buzz. I wondered about the buzzing of the bees. I was sure that constant hum would drive me crazy. But now, after a few seasons, the buzz of the bees is like a soothing rhythm, almost like a song, the song of spring.

Skive, Denmark-January 2002

Bzzzzzz, that was how she thought it sounded.

Bzzzzzz, like the buzzing of a thousand bees.

The same sound she used to hear when she visited her uncle Chacha Bashir in Baharak. He had been one of the wealthiest men in town with his silk and bee farm. Silk and honey, he would say, The riches of the kings are mine. Then the Taliban killed him and no one knew what happened to his family.

That was how the Danish language sounded to Raihana, like the buzzing of Chacha Bashir's bees.

The Danes mumbled, she thought as she watched them in supermarkets, on television, and on the streets. She had never seen so many white people before, and this was the first time she was seeing white people at such close proximity. So she stared at them, she just couldn't help it.

They were different from what she had imagined. They were not all tall and fair and beautiful, some of them were short and ugly. And they mumbled when they spoke. The standing joke, Layla had told her, was that they spoke like they had hot potatoes in their mouths and Raihana agreed.

She had escaped a second brutally cold winter at the Jalozai refugee camp in North Western Pakistan when the Danish government offered her asylum. It was difficult for a single woman with no family, no husband, and no education to survive. Her choices had been limited. She could either die in a refugee camp where the cold wind from the mountains pierced its frozen fingers through the tents to all but peel the skin off the bones, or she could go to this country where her distant cousin and his wife had agreed to give her a home.

A part of her didn't want to leave the camp. She had to wait, she thought, wait for Aamir, or maybe go back and look for him? But even she wasn't foolish enough to go back to Kabul. Everyone knew that Osama bin Laden was responsible for the plane attacks in America and everyone knew that the Taliban were the same species as al- Qaeda. America would attack; that's what powerful countries did. The Taliban would fight back, they said, and though the Afghans in Denmark, like many others, didn't like the idea of American troops on Afghan soil, it was better than the Taliban. Some thought the Taliban had been unjustly rousted out of power, that they were the good guys.

So Raihana joined the small number of refugees living in Denmark, all of whom watched the news with desperation, wondering when they could go back. Afghanistan, they knew, would be a war ruin for several decades to come, but there was still hope. They wished that, somehow, Afghanistan would no longer be synonymous with tortured men and women living in penury. Maybe things would change and Afghanistan would become a safe haven, a progressive country, a normal country.

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A young Afghani widow and refugee living in rural Denmark, Raihana reluctantly agrees to work with Gunnar, a reclusive local beekeeper grieving over the death of his wife, as part of her introductory Danish class, but as the two forge a close if cautious friendship, their lives once again are shake by violence and hatred. Reader's Guide included. Original. 10,000 first printing.

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Entry from Anna's Diary

A Year of Keeping Bees

15 March 1980

When we first decided to become hobby beekeepers, it was because our friend Ole had been doing it for a very long time and seemed to find a lot of solace in th

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307491152
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Author:
Malladi, Amulya
Author:
Amulya Malladi
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Denmark
Subject:
Afghans
Subject:
Afghans - Denmark
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
2008
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
244

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"Synopsis" by , A young Afghani widow and refugee living in rural Denmark, Raihana reluctantly agrees to work with Gunnar, a reclusive local beekeeper grieving over the death of his wife, as part of her introductory Danish class, but as the two forge a close if cautious friendship, their lives once again are shake by violence and hatred. Reader's Guide included. Original. 10,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , One

Entry from Anna's Diary

A Year of Keeping Bees

15 March 1980

When we first decided to become hobby beekeepers, it was because our friend Ole had been doing it for a very long time and seemed to find a lot of solace in th

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