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The Beekeeper of Aleppo

A Novel

by Christy Lefteri

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Bees and Honey Across the Ages

This article relates to The Beekeeper of Aleppo

Honey in a Bulgarian MarketIn Christy Lefteri's novel, The Beekeeper of Aleppo, the protagonist is a Syrian refugee seeking asylum in England (See Syrian Refugees and The Human Cost of War in Post 9/11 Conflicts). The novel brings to life the heart-wrenching challenges refugees endure as they flee their home country for a better life (See The Dehumanization of Refugees in Europe), but it also vividly sketches the protagonist's past life as a beekeeper in pre-war Syria:

Since antiquity, humans have had a unique relationship to bees and the honey they have been making for millions of years. The earliest fossil record of bees dates to about 100 million years ago, determined from remains found in a mine in northern Burma in 2006. At the time, bees and wasps were just becoming different species, and the fossil that was uncovered was more bee than wasp. The earliest fossil of our modern honeybee (Apis mellifera) was found in Europe and dates to about 35 million years ago, although experts believe that the honeybee ...

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