Stranger in the Village of the Sick by Paul Stoller
A Memoir of Cancer, Sorcery, and Healing

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After 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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Paul Stoller is professor of anthropology at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
Published April 15, 2004 by Beacon Press. 228 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Even healthy readers will find Stoller's account valuable and his perspective on sorcery—its emphasis on humility, its acceptance of adversity, its vision of a world of forces beyond human control—surprisingly moving.

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