The History of Bees by Maja Lunde

The History of Bees

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.

Extract

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…'

Parallels
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  • Station Eleven by Emily St.John Mandel