By Paul Stoller

Yaya’s Story is a booklet approximately Yaya Harouna, a Songhay dealer initially from Niger who discovered a route to the USA. it's also a booklet approximately Paul Stoller—its author—an American anthropologist who chanced on his personal route to Africa. Separated via ethnicity, language, career, and tradition, those men’s lives couldn’t be extra various. but if they have been either threatened by means of a grave illness—cancer—those modifications evaporated, and the 2 have been delivered to profound existential convergence, a deep camaraderie within the face of the main harrowing of conditions. Yaya’s Story is that story.

           

Harouna and Stoller could meet in Harlem, at a bustling African industry the place Harouna outfitted a existence as an African paintings dealer and Stoller was once accomplishing examine. relocating from Belayara in Niger to Silver Spring, Maryland, and from the Peace Corps to fieldwork to big apple, Stoller recounts their separate lives and the way the danger posed through melanoma introduced them a brand new, profound, and shared feel of which means. Combining memoir, ethnography, and philosophy via a sequence of interconnected narratives, he tells a narrative of outstanding friendship and the hunt for health. It’s a narrative of distinction and cohesion, of disease and healthiness, a lyrical mirrored image on human resiliency and the shoulders we lean on.    

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