Utover det skonlitterara forfattandet ar shafak aven akademiker och har en examen i internationalla relationer vid middle east technical university. Winner of the union of turkish writers best novel prize, elif shafak explores what it is to look and be looked at in the humorous and carnivalesque novel the gaze. Elif shafak is an awardwinning britishturkish novelist and the most widely read female author in turkey. Astrology and natal chart of elif shafak, born on 19711025. Her latest novel, 10 minutes 38 seconds in this strange world, is shortlisted for. Elif shafak is an awardwinning novelist and the most widely read female writer in turkey. Turkey leader puts novelists husband on wanted list news. More than anything perhaps, this novel is a story of love, of finding it, losing it and feeling how it can twist and mold you into something else, even if thats. The gaze, elif shafak, penguin books, limited, 2010, 0141048948, 9780141048949. Her virtuous writing style is what makes me want to read more of her books. In this lyrical, exuberant novel, an american housewife is transfigured by an intriguing. From isolationists, we will learn the need for global solidarity. The bastard of istanbul by elif shafak is primarily about three interconnected 21stcentury families who are separated after the 1915 massacre of armenians by the turks in turkey.
And from tribalists, we will learn the beauty of cosmopolitanism. Shafak is an activist on womens rights, minority rights and freedom of speech. Pen world voices elif shafak tells a story on the them what went wrong. The bastard of istanbul by elif shafak 24apr2008 paperback. As i was writing the novel, i saw many similarities between th anatolia and the age we live in. Feb 03, 2017 bettany hughes, who has recently completed a meticulously researched new history istanbul. The architects apprentice succeeds because of that sense of being in good hands, but also because of shafaks passionate, farreaching contemplations layered within the story.
The saint of incipient insanities is full of humor and philosophy and gives a wonderful depiction of the emotions of a person who finds himself in a foreign space. She writes in both turkish and english, and has published seventeen books, eleven of which are novels. Cevriyi, a turkish national history teacher at a private high school. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading the forty rules of love. In english, she publishes under the anglicized spelling of her penname elif shafak. Right up to the final pages we are kept wondering about the identity of the rapist father of the bastard of istanbul, and then we realise how short, but relevant, a period of time is a century in human history. A tale of three cities, is in conversation with elif shafak, whose new novel three daughters of eve is a powerful, sweeping tale of faith, love and friendship set across istanbul and oxford. Turkish author elif shafaks cautionary tale for the west the rights that we have taken for granted, it is possible to lose them. The forty rules of love tells two parallel stories across very different cultures. Born in 1971, elif shafak is the author of eight novels and is turkeys most widely read woman writer.