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Elif Shafak - Author

About the Author

Elif Shafak was born in Strasbourg, France, in 1971. She is an award-winning novelist and the most widely read female writer in Turkey. Critics have acclaimed her as one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary literature in both Turkish and English. Her novels include The Bastard of Istanbul which was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her books have been translated into more than thirty languages. She is married with two children, and divides her time between London and Istanbul. Her website is www.elifshafak.com.

 

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Featured books by Elif Shafak

The Architect's Apprentice

The Architect's Apprentice

Author: Elif Shafak Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/11/2014

'There were six of us: the master, the apprentices and the white elephant. We built everything together...' Sixteenth century Istanbul: a stowaway arrives in the city bearing an extraordinary gift for the Sultan. The boy is utterly alone in a foreign land, with no wordly possessions to his name except Chota, a rare and valuable white elephant destined for the palace menagerie. So begins an epic adventure that will see young Jahan rise from lowly origins to the highest ranks of the Sultan's court. Along the way he will meet deceitful courtiers and false friends, gypsies, animal tamers, and the beautiful, mischievous Princess Mihrimah. He will journey on Chota's back to the furthest corners of the Sultan's kingdom and back again. And one day he will catch the eye of the royal architect, Sinan, a chance encounter destined to change Jahan's fortunes forever. Filled with the scents, sounds and sights of the Ottoman Empire, when Istanbul was the teeming centre of civilisation, The Architect's Apprentice is a magical, sweeping tale of one boy and his elephant caught up in a world of wonder and danger.

Other books by Elif Shafak

Eva harom lanya

Eva harom lanya

Author: Elif Shafak Format: eBook Release Date: 21/12/2017

Isztambulbl Oxfordba, s vissza Isztambulba - lebilincselA trtnet hA sgrA l s bartsgrl, hagyomnyrl s modernsgrA l, szerelemrA l s rulsrl.Peri gazdag hziasszony, ppen vacsoravendgsgbe tart egy impozns isztambuli hzba a tengerparton, amikor egy koldus kis hjn kitpi a kezbA l a retikljt. A dulakods kzben kihullik a tskbl egy rgi fnykp - hrom fiatal nA t s egy egyetemi oktatt brzol. Egy olyan szerelem rgi emlke ez, amit Peri a legszvesebben kitrlne az emlkeibA l. Peri tizennyolc ves korban Oxfordba kerlt egyetemre - ekkor jrt letben elA szr klfldn. Az ateista Shirin s a buzg muszlim Mona lettek a legjobb bartnA i, akikkel az iszlmrl s a feminizmusrl vitatkoztak, kedvenc tanra pedig a lzad szellemA Azur, aki IstenrA l beszlt hallgatsgnak.s volt egy botrny is, amely vget vetett minden jnak...Elif Shafak tizedik regnye klnsen aktulis tmt feszeget: egyszerre vallatja s vdelmezi a muszlim identitst.Financial Times

Three Daughters of Eve

Three Daughters of Eve

Author: Elif Shafak Format: eBook Release Date: 11/12/2017

Peri, obrazcovaya zhena i obrazcovaya mat', otpravlyaetsya na zvanyj obed i po doroge zastrevaet v uzhasnoj probke, stol' harakternoj dlya Stambula. I tut iz mashiny kakoj-to brodyaga pohishchaet ee sumochku. Ne razdumyvaya, Peri brosaetsya v pogonyu. Na glazah vozmushchennoj zhenshchiny nishchij vytryahivaet soderzhimoe sumochki na zemlyu, chtoby zabrat' den'gi, i Peri vidit fotografiyu, gde ona izobrazhena s dvumya podrugami i ih professorom. Relikviya proshlogo i lyubvi, kotoruyu Peri otchayanno pytaetsya zabyt'. Fotografiya vozvrashchaet Peri v Oksford, kogda ona, devyatnadcatiletnyaya, zhazhdushchaya lyubvi i stremyashchayasya k znaniyam, vpervye popadaet za granicu. Vospominaniya nakryli Peri s golovoj, zastavili vspomnit' to, chto ona otchayanno pytaetsya zabyt': potryasayushchego professora-buntarya i ego seminar o Boge, polnost'yu izmenivshij ee zhizn', skandal, kotoryj obernulsya predatel'stvom i razvel podrug v raznye storony. Oni byli takimi raznymi - SHirin, Mona i Peri - Greshnica, Pravovernaya i Somnevayushchayasya. "e;Tri docheri Evy"e; - ehto istoriya o vere i druzhbe, lyubvi i predatel'stve. Vpervye na russkom yazyke!

Three Daughters of Eve

Three Daughters of Eve

Author: Elif Shafak Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2017

On a spring evening in Istanbul, Peri is on her way to a dinner party - a night of luxury a far cry from her upbringing. But when her handbag is stolen her world shifts violently. She starts to doubt how she got here: a traumatic Istanbul childhood, student years in Oxford, the rebellious professor who led her and best friends Shirin and Mona to question everything - Islam, love, life, even God - and the scandal that tore them all apart. Over one desperate night she tries to make sense of a past she has tried to forget - but can we ever escape who we once were? Shirin, Peri and Mona, they were the most unlikely of friends. They were the Sinner, the Believer and the Confused.

Forty Rules of Love

Forty Rules of Love

Author: Elif Shafak Format: eBook Release Date: 31/05/2017

Lyubov' - voda zhizni. Vlyublennye - ogon' dushi. Vsya vselennaya nachinaet kruzhit'sya inache, kogda ogon' vlyublyaetsya v vodu. XIII vek. V malen'kom gorodke Kon'ya, v gorodke, kuda s zapada ne doshli krestonoscy posle razgrableniya Konstantinopolya i kuda s vostoka ne dokatilis' ordy CHingiskhana, "e;neskol'ko istinno veruyushchih nanimayut ubijcu po prozvishchu SHakal'ya Golova dlya ustraneniya SHamsa Tebrizi, stranstvuyushchego dervisha, propoveduyushchego "e;sorok pravil religii lyubvi. Ved' izvestno, chem bol'she chelovek govorit o lyubvi, tem sil'nee ego nenavidyat... Nashi dni. SSHA. EHlla Rubinshtejn, rabotayushchaya v literaturnom agentstve, poluchaet na recenziyu rukopis' "e;Sladostnoe bogohul'stvo, dejstvie kotoroj proiskhodit v XIII veke. Roman nastol'ko zahvatyvaet EHllu, chto ona nachinaet podozrevat', chto avtora nepostizhimym obrazom vdohnovil geroj romana SHams iz Tebriza. I vot lyubov' k avtoru knigi vryvaetsya v ee serdce, polnost'yu perevorachivaya privychnuyu i takuyu miluyu ej zhizn'

Three Daughters of Eve

Three Daughters of Eve

Author: Elif Shafak Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Set across Istanbul and Oxford, from the 1980s to the present day, Three Daughters of Eve is a sweeping tale of faith and friendship, tradition and modernity, love and an unexpected betrayal. Peri, a wealthy Turkish housewife and mother, is on her way to a dinner party at a seaside mansion in Istanbul when a beggar snatches her handbag. As she wrestles to get it back, a photograph falls to the ground - an old polaroid of three young women and their university professor. A relic from a past - and a love Peri had tried desperately to forget. The photograph takes Peri back to Oxford University, as nineteen year old sent abroad for the first time. To her dazzling, rebellious Professor and his life-changing course on God. To the house she shares with her two best friends, Shirin and Mona, and their arguments about identity, Islam and feminism. And finally, to the scandal that tore them all apart. Shirin, Peri and Mona, they were the most unlikely of friends. They were the Sinner, the Believer and the Confused.

Three Daughters of Eve

Three Daughters of Eve

Author: Elif Shafak Format: eBook Release Date: 02/02/2017

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak, read by Alix Dunmore. Peri, a wealthy Turkish housewife, is on her way to a dinner party at a seaside mansion in Istanbul when a beggar snatches her handbag. As she wrestles to get it back, a photograph falls to the ground - an old polaroid of three young women and their university professor. A relic from a past - and a love - Peri had tried desperately to forget. The photograph takes Peri back to Oxford University, as an eighteen year old sent abroad for the first time. To her dazzling, rebellious Professor and his life-changing course on God. To her home with her two best friends, Shirin and Mona, and their arguments about Islam and femininity. And finally, to the scandal that tore them all apart.

Migrating Bird: A Short Story from the collection, Reader, I Married Him

Migrating Bird: A Short Story from the collection, Reader, I Married Him

Author: Elif Shafak Format: eBook Release Date: 21/04/2016

A short story by Elif Shafak from the collection Reader, I Married Him: Stories inspired by Jane Eyre.In 'A Migrating Bird', a young Turkish woman is drawn to a Dutch student on foreign exchange at her university.Edited by Tracy Chevalier, the full collection, Reader, I Married Him, brings together some of the finest and most creative voices in fiction today, to celebrate and salute the strength and lasting relevance of Charlotte Bronte's game-changing novel and its beloved narrator.

Az isztambuli fattyu

Az isztambuli fattyu

Author: Elif Shafak Format: eBook Release Date: 20/04/2016

Misztikum, nok, sotet csaladi titkok...El egy furcsa torok csalad Isztambulban, negy generacio, es csupa no - koztuk foldrajztanarno, csendes orult, varosszerte hires josno, tetovalo-muveszno -, a ferfi tagok ugyanis sajnalatosan rendre koran elhalaloznak. Egy masik furcsa csalad San Franciscoban el; ok ormenyek, es nem tudnak, nem is akarnak szabadulni annak emleketol, hogy Torokorszagban 1915-ben deportaltak es lemeszaroltak az ormenyeket. A ket csaladot a koztuk levo hatalmas foldrajzi tavolsag ellenere szoros szalak kotik ossze, am ok errol mit sem tudnak. A tizenkilenc eves, amerikai ormeny Armanoush a csaladi tortenetek hatasara Isztambulba utazik, hogy felkutassa es megismerje a gyokereit. Ott osszebaratkozik a vele nagyjabol egyidos Asyaval, a cimbeli fattyuval. Asya sok szempontbol Armanoush ellentete: multjahoz nem kotodik, gyokertelenul lezeng, rajong Johnny Cashert, es a francia egzisztencialistakat olvassa. Beszelgeteseikben onmagukat es az igazsagot keresik, s mindekozben misztikus modon tarul fel a sotet titkokban bovelkedo mult. A kenyelmesen hompolygo, szovevenyes es felettebb izgalmas tortenet vegen sok egyeb mellett az is kiderul, megszakad-e az isztambuli csalad ferfi tagjait sujto atok.A Szerelem, A varos tukrei, a Becsulet, a Bolhapalota es Az epiteszinas szerzoje az egyik legnepszerubb torok irono hazajaban es a vilagon, muveit tobb mint harminc nyelvre leforditottak. Az isztambuli fattyu egyik szereplojenek kijelentese miatt Torokorszagban perbe fogtak a torok nep megsertesenek"e; vadjaval.

Az epiteszinas

Az epiteszinas

Author: Elif Shafak Format: eBook Release Date: 20/04/2016

A modern Seherezade, a legnepszerubb torok irono legujabb tortenete - egy kisfiurol, aki tizenket evesen elefanthajcsarnak kerul a hires es hirhedt Hurrem szultana udvaraba. Mondd meg nekem, mi lenne a megfelelo ajandek egy olyan embernek, akinek mindene megvan?- Egy elefant, nagysagos uram. A Fold legnagyobb allata."e;A helyszin Isztambul, az idopont a tizenhatodik szazad. Tizeneves potyautas erkezik hajon a varosba, kulonleges ajandekot hoz Szulejman szultannak. A kisfiunak nincs senkije es semmije, csak Csota, a ritka es ertekes feher elefant, amelyet a szeraj, vagyis a palota allatkertjebe szantak. Igy kezdodik a kis Dzsihan eposzi lepteku tortenete, amelynek soran egyszeru szolgabol a szultani udvar elokelosegei koze emelkedik. Megismerkedik armanykodo udvaroncokkal es hamis baratokkal, vandorciganyokkal, allatszeliditokkel es a gyonyoru, pajkos Mihrimah hercegnovel. Csota hatan eljut az Oszman Birodalom legtavolabbi sarkaiba, es ott lesz Szigetvar ostromanal. Egy napon felfigyel ra a szultan foepitesze, Szinan mester, es ez a veletlen talalkozas nagyot fordit Dzsihan sorsan. Az epiteszinas szinpompas kaleidoszkop, benne vannak az Oszman Birodalom illatai, hangjai, csodai es mindenfele lakoi abbol az idobol, amikor a nyuzsgo Isztambul volt a vilag kozepe. Elif Shafak lebilincselo, egzotikus meseje rabul ejti az Olvasot, es nem ereszti el a legutolso oldalig.

Architect's Apprentice

Architect's Apprentice

Author: Elif Shafak Format: eBook Release Date: 28/03/2016

XVI vek. Osmanskaya imperiya. EHpoha Sulejmana Velikolepnogo. Voleyu sud'by dvenadcatiletnij Dzhahan i ego podopechnyj, belyj slonenok po klichke CHota, okazyvayutsya v Stambule, pri dvore mogushchestvennogo sultana. Zdes' Dzhahanu suzhdeno perezhit' mnozhestvo udivitel'nyh priklyuchenij, obresti druzej, vstretit' lyubov' i stat' uchenikom vydayushchegosya zodchego - arhitektora Sinana. Udivitel'nyj rasskaz o svobode tvorchestva, o skhvatke mezhdu naukoj i fanatizmom, o stolknovenii lyubvi i vernosti s gruboj silojVpervye na russkom yazyke!

The Gaze

The Gaze

Author: Elif Shafak Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2015

From award-winning writer Elif Shafak, the Orange Prize long-listed author of The Forty Rules of Love and The Architect's Apprentice, The Gaze is a humorous and carnivalesque exploration of what it means to look and be looked at... An obese woman and her lover, a dwarf, are sick of being stared at wherever they go and so decide to reverse roles. The man goes out wearing make-up and the woman draws a moustache on her face. This elegant, unforgettable novel explores our desire to look at others. 'Beautifully evoked' The Times 'Original and compelling' TLS

Honour

Honour

Author: Elif Shafak Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2015

From award-winning writer Elif Shafak, the Orange Prize long-listed author of The Forty Rules of Love and The Architect's Apprentice, Honour is a tale of love, betrayal and clashing cultures. 'A powerful book; thoughtful, provoking and compassionate' Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat 'My mother died twice. I promised myself I would not let her story be forgotten . . .' Leaving her twin sister behind, Pembe leaves Turkey for love - following her husband Adem to London. There the Topraks hope to make new lives for themselves and their children. Yet, no matter how far they travel, the traditions and beliefs the Topraks left behind stay with them - carried in the blood. Their eldest is the boy Iskender, who remembers Turkey and feels betrayal deeper than most. His sister is Esma, who is loyal and true despite the pain and heartache. And, lastly, Yunus, who was born in London, and is shy and different. Trapped by the mistakes of the past, the Toprak children find their lives shattered and transformed by a brutal act of murder . . . A powerful novel set in Turkey and London in the 1970s, Honour explores pain and loss, loyalty and betrayal, the trials of the immigrant, the clash of tradition and modernity, as well as the love and heartbreak that too often tears families apart. 'Vivid storytelling... that explores the darkest aspects of faith and love' Sunday Telegraph 'Rich and wide as the Euphrates river along whose banks it begins and ends, Elif Shafak has woven with masterful care and compassion one immigrant family's heartbreaking story - a story nurtured in the terrible silences between men and women trying to grow within ancient ways, all the while growing past them. I loved this book' Sarah Blake, author of The Postmistress '[Elif Shafak] joins writers such as Hanif Kureishi, Zadie Smith, Monica Ali, Aamer Hussein, Andrea Levy, Hanan al-Shakyh and Leila Aboulela, who offer us fictional glimpses of London's Others' The Independent

The Bastard of Istanbul

The Bastard of Istanbul

Author: Elif Shafak Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2015

A Hay Festival and The Poole VOTE 100 BOOKS for Women Selection 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. '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

The Architect's Apprentice

The Architect's Apprentice

Author: Elif Shafak Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/04/2015

The Architect's Apprentice is a dazzling and intricate tale from Elif Shafak, bestselling author of The Bastard of Istanbul. 'There were six of us: the master, the apprentices and the white elephant. We built everything together...' Sixteenth century Istanbul: a stowaway arrives in the city bearing an extraordinary gift for the Sultan. The boy is utterly alone in a foreign land, with no worldly possessions to his name except Chota, a rare white elephant destined for the palace menagerie. So begins an epic adventure that will see young Jahan rise from lowly origins to the highest ranks of the Sultan's court. Along the way he will meet deceitful courtiers and false friends, gypsies, animal tamers, and the beautiful, mischievous Princess Mihrimah. He will journey on Chota's back to the furthest corners of the Sultan's kingdom and back again. And one day he will catch the eye of the royal architect, Sinan, a chance encounter destined to change Jahan's fortunes forever. Filled with all the colour of the Ottoman Empire, when Istanbul was the teeming centre of civilisation, The Architect's Apprentice is a magical, sweeping tale of one boy and his elephant caught up in a world of wonder and danger. 'A gorgeous picture of a city teeming with secrets, intrigue and romance' The Times 'Shafak's most ambitious novel yet her best - generous and imaginative' Independent 'Exuberant, epic and comic, fantastical and realistic . . . like all good stories it conveys deeper meanings about human experience' Financial Times 'Fascinating. A vigorous evocation of the Ottoman Empire at the height of its power' Sunday Times 'Intricate, multi-layered, resplendent, vividly evoked, beautifully written' Observer 'Sumptuous, absorbing, moving' Independent on Sunday

The Flea Palace

The Flea Palace

Author: Elif Shafak Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2015

Shortlisted for the 2005 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, Elif Shafak's The Flea Palace is a moving and highly original novel about a group of individuals who live in the same building and who together become embroiled in a mystery. By turns comic and tragic, The Flea Palace is an outstandingly original novel driven by an overriding sense of social justice. Bonbon Palace was once a stately apartment block in Istanbul. Now it is a sadly dilapidated home to ten wildly different individuals and their families. There's a womanizing, hard-drinking academic with a penchant for philosophy; a 'clean freak' and her lice-ridden daughter; a lapsed Jew in search of true love; and a charmingly naive mistress whose shadowy past lurks in the building. When the rubbish at Bonbon Palace is stolen, a mysterious sequence of events unfolds that result in a soul-searching quest for truth. 'Picaresque' Guardian 'Hyperactive and hilarious' Independent

Black Milk On Motherhood and Writing

Black Milk On Motherhood and Writing

Author: Elif Shafak Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2013

Black Milk is the affecting and beautifully written memoir on motherhood and writing by Turkey's bestselling female writer Elif Shafak, author of Honour, The Gaze and The Bastard of Istanbul which was long-listed for the Orange prize. Postpartum depression affects millions of new mothers every year, and- like most of its victims- Elif Shafak never expected to be one of them. But after the birth of her first child in 2006, the internationally bestselling Turkish author remembers how for the first time my adult life . . . words wouldn't speak to me . As her despair finally eased, Shafak sought to resuscitate her writing life by chronicling her own experiences. In her intimate memoir, she reveals how she struggled to overcome her depression and how literature provided the salvation she so desperately needed. 'An intimate, affecting memoir . . . Her passion for literature is contagious, and her struggle with postpartum depression and writer's block reinforces how carefully all of us must tread. Beautifully rendered, Shafak's Black Milk is an epic poem to women everywhere' Colleen Mondor

Happiness of Blond People

Happiness of Blond People

Author: Elif Shafak Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2011

Penguin Specials are designed to fill a gap. Written to be read over a long commute or a short journey, they are original and exclusively in digital form. This is Elif Shafak's examination of national identity."e;You know, I never understand. How come their children are so quiet and well disciplined?"e;"e;Yeah,"e; said the distressed father, his voice suddenly softer. "e;Blond children never cry, do they?"e;As Elif Shafak stands in line at the airport, she overhears a Turkish father expressing to a friend his bewilderment at the cultural differences he's experienced since immigrating to northern Europe. Is it true, she wonders, that the citizens of these countries are genuinely happier? Why do people leave their homes for other countries? And what lessons can we all learn, for the creation of truly harmonious societies, from the experiences of immigrants?In the light of the recent backlash against multiculturalism and the influx of millions of Muslims into Europe from the east, this powerful and personal essay uses the lived experience of immigrants to examine this most hotly debated subject.