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|Zazu Dreams: Between the Scarab and the Dung Beetle, A Cautionary Fable for the Anthropocene Era
explores the intersection between sustainability, global ecological collapse and cultural extinction of ethnic minorities--specifically Sephardim and Mizrahim--and how we can learn from natural world and historical symbiosis models. Bill McKibben
, Noam Chomsky, Rabbi Michael Lerner, SHKG, Paul Hawken, Eve Ensler, and James E. Hansen are among the activists, scientists, scholars and artists who have endorsed this Talmudic fable for adults, written as a children’s narrative.
is a Kabbalistic tale of decolonization and social permaculture. Past, present, and future overlap through phantasmagorical encounters with historic heroes such as Spinoza, Rachel Carson, ibn Sina Jacques Cousteau, and Harriet Tubman as well as 21st century villains like Nestlé, Merck, Exxon, and Monsanto—Big Pharma, Big Oil, and Agribusiness giants that stalk the planet.
For cross generational audiences, Zazu Dreams
includes 400+ detailed endnotes and 60+ lush illustrations by Micaela Amato Amateau (www.micaelaamato.com
). Together, the narrative, images, and endnotes unravel the intersections between the sciences and humanities. Zazu Dreams
explores migration and transformation from waste to useful by-product including toxic sludge to critical compost, desertification to oasis, cusp of extinction to restoration, body-phobia to biophilia. Symbiotic relationships from the natural world coincide with the histories of diasporic peoples from Iberia, North Africa, and the Middle East. The authors integrate two seemingly unrelated topics: Jewish and Arabic philosophies with consumer-convenience petro culture. This cautionary fable incites transgenerational audiences to question the vast implications of the vital yet precarious concept of sustainability.