The Bastard Of Istanbul

The Bastard Of Istanbul


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The Bastard Of Istanbul

The Bastard Of Istanbul
Author: Elif Shafak

Populated with vibrant characters, 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. Filled with humor and understanding, 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.

Elif Şafak (or Shafak, born 25 October 1971) is a Turkish author, columnist, speaker and academic. “As Turkey’s bestselling female writer, Şafak is a brave champion of cosmopolitanism, a sophisticated feminist, and an ambitious novelist who infuses her magical-realist fiction with big, important ideas…”. Critics have named her as “one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary Turkish and world literature”.

Her books have been published in more than 40 countries, and she was awarded the honorary distinction of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2010.

Şafak has published thirteen books, nine of which are novels. She writes fiction in both Turkish and English. Şafak blends Western and Eastern traditions of storytelling, bringing out the myriad stories of women, minorities, immigrants, subcultures, youth and global souls. Her writing draws on diverse cultures and literary traditions, reflecting a deep interest in history, philosophy, Sufism, oral culture, and cultural politics. Şafak also has a keen eye for black humour, with “a particular genius for depicting backstreet Istanbul.”

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Elif Shafak










hardcover, paperback


black & white


15 x 21 cm




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