The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak

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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.
 

About Elif Shafak

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ELIF SHAFAK'S books include the novels The Bastard of Istanbul and The Forty Rules of Love and the memoir Black Milk, and her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She has appeared on NPR, and the BBC, and at the TED conference. She lives in London and Istanbul.
 
Published January 29, 2008 by Penguin Books. 367 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics. Fiction

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Increasingly drawn to her Armenian roots, Armanoush travels to Istanbul (without telling her parents) to learn more of her family history.

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Publishers Weekly

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In her second novel written in English (The Saint of Incipient Insanities was the first), Turkish novelist Shafak tackles Turkish national identity and the Armen

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The New York Times

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Indeed, “The Bastard of Istanbul,” her sixth novel and the second written in English, recently led to a suit by the right-wing attorney Kemal Kerincsiz, who declared that Shafak’s Armenian characters were “insulting Turkishness” by referring to the “millions” of Armenians “massacred” by “Turkish ...

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The Guardian

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The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak Viking £16.99, pp357 The bastard of Istanbul arrives already weighed down by baggage.

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The Guardian

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The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak 360pp, Viking, £16.99 Enlightenment by Maureen Freely 432pp, Marion Boyars, £9.99 In the last year more than 60 prominent writers and journalists have been put on trial in Turkey, accused of violating article 301 of the criminal code, which makes it a crime ...

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Publishers Weekly

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In her second novel written in English (The Saint of Incipient Insanities was the first), Turkish novelist Shafak tackles Turkish national identity and the Armenian "question" in her signature style.

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BC Books

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The best thing you can say about the Turkish government is that they probably not only helped boost sales of the book, but also nicely proved the point it makes about history and memory being precarious and easily falsified.

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Book Reporter

Asya's rebellion is inherited from her mother, the stunning "auntie" Zeliha who had Asya when she was just 19 and now runs a tattoo parlor catering to the artistic and secular of Istanbul.

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Suite 101

The article describes how colour can be used as a means of revealing hidden patterns within text - such as the works of Shakespeare.

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USA Today

In a better world, Turkish writer Elif Shafak would get more attention for her zesty, imaginative writing and less for the controversy her politics stir up.Fearing for her safety, Shafak canceled her U.S. book tour to promote her new novel, The Bastard of Istanbul,after the murder of an Armenian ...

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Bookmarks Magazine

In her second novel published in English, Turkish author Elif Shafak examines the effects of censorship on individuals, families, and nations.

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Curtis Brown

As an Armenian American living in San Francisco, Armanoush feels like part of her identity is missing and that she must make a journey back to the past, to Turkey, in order to start living her life.

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