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Elif Shafak

Biography

Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak is an award-winning novelist and the most widely read woman writer in Turkey. She has published twelve books, eight of which are novels. Writing in both Turkish and English, Shafak blends Western and Eastern traditions of storytelling, bringing out the myriad stories of women, minorities, immigrants, subcultures, youth and global souls. Her work draws on diverse cultures and literary traditions, as well as deep interest in history, philosophy, Sufism, oral culture, and cultural politics. Her novels include The Bastard of Istanbul, The Forty Rules of Love and Honour. She has 800 000 followers on twitter. www.elifshafak.com

Elif Shafak

Books by Elif Shafak

by Elif Shafak - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Internationally bestselling Turkish author Elif Shafak's new novel is a dramatic tale of families, love and misunderstandings that follows the destinies of twin sisters born in a Kurdish village. While Jamila stays to become a midwife, Pembe follows her Turkish husband, Adem, to London, where they hope to make new lives for themselves and their children. In London, they face a choice: stay loyal to the old traditions or try their best to fit in.

by Elif Shafak - Fiction

The Bastard of Istanbul is the story of two families, one Turkish and one Armenian American, and their struggle to forge their unique identities against the backdrop of Turkey's violent history. This exuberant, dramatic novel is about memory and forgetting, about the tension between the need to examine the past and the desire to erase it.