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The Bastard of Istanbul By Elif Shafak

The Bastard of Istanbul
by Elif Shafak

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The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak

One rainy afternoon in Istanbul a woman walks into a doctor's surgery. 'I need to have an abortion,' she announces. She is nineteen years old, and unmarried. What happens that afternoon is to change her life, and the lives of everyone around her.

Twenty years later, Asya Kazanci lives with her extended family in Istanbul. Due to a mysterious family curse all the Kazanci men die early in their forties, so it is a house of women, among them Asya's beautiful, rebellious mother, Zeliha, who runs a tattoo parlour; Banu, who has newly discovered herself as a clairvoyant; and Feride, a hypochondriac obsessed with impending disaster. And when Asya's Armenian-American cousin Armanoush comes to visit to trace her family's heritage, long-hidden secrets and Turkey's turbulent past begin to emerge.

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The Bastard of Istanbul Reviews


An astonishingly rich and lively story of an Istanbul family whose mixed up heritage mirrors the complexity of Turkish society . . . a hugely ambitious exploration of complex historical realities handled with an enchantingly light touch -- (starred review) * Kirkus Reviews *
Overflows with a kitchen sink's worth of zany characters . . . an entertaining and insightful ensemble novel that posits the universality of family, culture and coincidence -- (starred review) * Publishers Weekly *
Funny, enlightening and entertaining . . . essential reading -- (starred review) * Library Journal *
An astonishingly rich and lively story of an Istanbul family whose mixed up heritage mirrors the complexity of Turkish society . . . a hugely ambitious exploration of complex historical realities handled with an enchantingly light touch -- (starred review) * Kirkus Reviews *
Overflows with a kitchen sink's worth of zany characters . . . an entertaining and insightful ensemble novel that posits the universality of family, culture and coincidence -- (starred review) * Publishers Weekly *
Funny, enlightening and entertaining . . . essential reading -- (starred review) * Library Journal *

About Elif Shafak


Elif Shafak is one of today's most influential international writers and intellectuals who straddle East and West. She is the acclaimed author of ten novels including The Architect's Apprentice and The Bastard of Istanbul, and is the most widely read female writer in Turkey. Her work has been translated into over forty languages and she has been awarded the prestigious Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. She is also a public speaker, a women's and LGBT rights activist and a commentator who regularly contributes to world publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel and La Repubblica. Elif has been longlisted for the Orange Prize, the Baileys Prize and the IMPAC Dublin Award, and shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Ondaatje Prize. She lives in London and can be found at www.elifshafak.com.

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GOR002006068
The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak
Elif Shafak
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
2007-08-02
368
067091729X
9780670917297
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