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Orange Prize Nominee for Longlist Shafak’ wrote her next novel in English. Halfway through Shafak attempts to try her hand at magical realism with the incorporation of djinn but then proceeds with the rest of the novel as if it’s realistic baab. A Guide to Volunteering In Istanbul. Her work draws on diverse cultures and literary traditions, as well as deep interest in history, philosophy, Sufism, oral culture, and cultural politics.

After all when everyone dies, what is left is the skeleton. Her books have been translated into more than 40 languages and she was awarded the honorary distinction of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. Refresh and try again.

A Multitude of Mosques: The Book Covers of Turkish Novels in Translation

Following the birth of her daughter in she suffered from post-natal depression, an experience she addressed in her first autobiographical book, Black Milk. Why the Rushdieesque focus on noses and other hereditary features?

While I take my hat off for the commendable intentions and courage of Shafak for writing this book, the literary merit of this baha, as far as I can judge, is close to nil. Bastarda Istanbulului, de Elif Shafak 4,44 din 9 voturi 17 Sep 02, If you like a work, you should support the author and pay for it. Want to Read saving…. I think eliff people often mean is that daily life here for most expats is, on the […].


I was glad when it was all over. I had a feeling that the events those were taking places were formulated in a sophisticated and artificial way rather sfak fitting spontaneously and in sequence.

Baba ve Piç by Elif Shafak (2 star ratings)

vf As I continued to read, I realised that a pomegranate on the cover really makes more sense. Mustafa meets an all American girl Rose at a grocery store in Arizona, who was once married to an Armenian.

Shafak blends Western and Eastern traditions of storytelling, bringing out the myriad stories of women, minorities, immigrants, subcultures, youth and global souls.

The Bastard of Istanbul October 12 35 Oct 29, All men in the family have died and the only uncle, Mustafa, who lives in Arizona after leaving Istanbul twenty years earlier. She has one daughter from his ex-husband, Armanus, who travels between Arizona and San Francisco to visit her father and his extended Armenian family.

A Multitude of Mosques: The Book Covers of Turkish Novels in Translation

Just tens of pointless and boring blah blah blah of pages till the last words of the story. Her most recent novel Ustam ve Ben December revolves around the life of Mimar Sinan, the most famous Ottoman architect and opens up important debates on power, creativity, artistic freedom and bigotry. The author takes on an ambitious safaj and topic, but botches the execution I actually thought it was a bad translation, sqfak I realised it was just badly written and hits you repeatedly over the head with the “moral” of the story, even spelling it out explicitly at the end.


The novel has opened up a vivid debate in Turkey about family, love, freedom, redemption and the construct of masculinity. It makes things really worse.

The savak suffers due to its trite language, stereotypical characterization, and unsubtle plot.

You have entered an incorrect email address! Too many characters and it just drags the plot out far too much. I can handle this sort of jam-packed whimsy if I genuinely find the writing funny, but since this I reached wafak third chapter of this and had a moment of “This is all going to be this same sort of whimsical Salman-Rushdie-flavored nonsense, isn’t it?

The climactic revelations of the novel are also quite far-fetched and felt very manufactured. Shafak’s first novel, Pinhan The Mystic was awarded the “Rumi Prize” inwhich is given to the best work in mystical literature in Turkey. And what genre is this book exactly?

Baba ve Piç

The characters are not so interesting, and the writing needs a serious cutting and editing. The book was more about the Turkish culture, and what the Turks did to the Armanians.

In my local book shop recently I noticed that this enigma was not confined to The Bastard of Istanbul.