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The History of Bees

by Maja Lunde

Three timelines and three generations of beekeepers are linked in this nightmarish vision of a global disaster due to human interference in the natural life cycle among bee colonies. This poignant meditation on the interconnectedness of life on Earth also contains a powerful message about the insidious human compulsion to control not only Nature, but each other.

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I continued turning the pages until I came to the passages about knowledge, the same sentences I had read as a child, but now the words made an even greater impression: 'In order to live in nature, with nature, we must detach ourselves from the nature in ourselves … Education means to defy ourselves, to deny nature, our instincts…'

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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
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