The Bastard of Istanbul (Paperback)Elif Shafak (author)
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The trailblazing Elif Shafak tackles issues taboo in polite Turkish society with full-throttle exuberance and winning candour. The Bastard of Istanbul reverberates with dynamic set pieces and emotionally generous characterization, telling a deeply involving tale about strong women and buried secrets.
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 will change her life.
Twenty years later, Asya Kazanci lives with her extended family in Istanbul. Due to a mysterious family curse, all the Kaznci men die in their early 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 clairvoyant; and Feride, a hypochondriac obsessed with impending disaster. And when Asya's Armenian-American cousin Armanoush comes to stay, long hidden family secrets connected with Turkey's turbulent past begin to emerge.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 257 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm
'A brave and passionate novel.' - Paul Theroux
'Tremendous exuberance . . . I do like a writer with a purpose.' - Margaret Forster
'An astonishingly rich and lively story ... handled with an enchantingly light touch.' - 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.' - Publishers Weekly
'Wonderfully magical, incredible, breathtaking...will have you gasping with disbelief in the last few pages.' - Sunday Express
'A beautiful book, the finest I have read about Turkey.' - Irish Times 'Heartbreaking...the beauty of Islam pervades Shafak's book.' - Vogue
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“Great light hearted and well written”
This book is light humored and very easy to read I whizzed through it in no time as I struggled to put it down at times. It covers topics that would usually be seen as taboo in Turkey. Topics such as unmarried... More
“Font size very small!”
Being a fan of Elif Shafak, I ordered this book to fill a gap in my journey through her novels, and I looked forward to starting it when it arrived. However, when I opened it, my heart sank. The font is very small... More
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