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From the acclaimed author of The Bastard of Istanbul, a colorful, magical tale set during the height of the Ottoman Empire

In her latest novel, Turkeys preeminent female writer spins an epic tale spanning nearly a century in the life of the Ottoman Empire. In 1540, twelve-year-old Jahan arrives in Istanbul. As an animal tamer in the sultans menagerie, he looks after the exceptionally smart elephant Chota and

befriends (and falls for) the sultans beautiful daughter, Princess Mihrimah. A palace education leads Jahan to Mimar Sinan, the empires chief architect, who takes Jahan under his wing as they construct (with Chotas help) some of the most magnificent buildings in history. Yet even as they

build Sinans triumphant masterpieces—the incredible Suleymaniye and Selimiye mosques—dangerous undercurrents begin to emerge, with jealousy erupting among

Sinans four apprentices.

A memorable story of artistic freedom, creativity, and the clash between science and fundamentalism, Shafaks intricate novel brims with vibrant characters, intriguing adventure, and the lavish backdrop of the Ottoman court, where love and loyalty are no match for raw power.

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In her second novel written in English, one of Turkey's most acclaimed and outspoken writers confronts her country's violent past in a vivid and colorful tale about the tangled histories of two families.

Synopsis:

An honor killing shatters and transforms the lives of Turkish immigrants in 1970s London

Internationally bestselling Turkish author Elif Shafak’s new novel is a dramatic tale of families, love, and misunderstandings that follows the destinies of twin sisters born in a Kurdish village. While Jamila stays to become a midwife, Pembe follows her Turkish husband, Adem, to London, where they hope to make new lives for themselves and their children.

In London, they face a choice: stay loyal to the old traditions or try their best to fit in. After Adem abandons his family, Iskender, the eldest son, must step in and become the one who will not let any shame come to the family name.  And when Pembe begins a chaste affair with a man named Elias, Iskender will discover that you could love someone with all your heart and yet be ready to hurt them.

Just published to great acclaim in England, Honor is a powerful, gripping exploration of guilt and innocence, loyalty and betrayal, and the trials of the immigrant, as well as the love and heartbreak that too often tear families apart.

Synopsis:

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 the Author

Elif Shafak is the award-winning author of five previous novels and a collection of essays. She has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

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writermala, June 21, 2013 (view all comments by writermala)
My first taste of Elif Shafak was "The Forty Rules of love," which really stirred me. Perhaps because of this, I was spoiled and expected too much. "The Bastard of Istanbul," started slowly but began to grow on me when Asya and Armanoush grew up. Armanoush is very astute when she makes the pronouncement, "You see, for me to fully experience my Armenianness, I had to come to Turkey and meet the Turks" Each aunt in Turkey has a distinct characteristic and I found aunt Banu fascinating. Her coffee readings seemed so prophetic and "Unlike the fate written by Allah coffee could always wash away." Armanoush's Cyber Cafe chats are indeed interesting and someone always comes out with a pearl of wisdom like, "The oppressor has no use for the past. The oppressed has nothing but the past."

The "Bastard of "is not the central character and her past can be guessed but Shafak reveals it in the last chapter fittingly.
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Myra, June 11, 2008 (view all comments by Myra)
Elif Shafak has bravely crafted a story intertwining a Turkish family in Istanbul and an Armenian family in San Francisco that is spiced with food and forbidden subjects--genocide, rape and incest. Shafak was accused of public denigration of Turkishness in Turkey but later acquitted.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143112716
Author:
Shafak, Elif
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Armenian massacres, 1915-1923
Subject:
Armenians
Subject:
Istanbul (Turkey)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 432 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143112716 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In her second novel written in English, one of Turkey's most acclaimed and outspoken writers confronts her country's violent past in a vivid and colorful tale about the tangled histories of two families.
"Synopsis" by ,
An honor killing shatters and transforms the lives of Turkish immigrants in 1970s London

Internationally bestselling Turkish author Elif Shafak’s new novel is a dramatic tale of families, love, and misunderstandings that follows the destinies of twin sisters born in a Kurdish village. While Jamila stays to become a midwife, Pembe follows her Turkish husband, Adem, to London, where they hope to make new lives for themselves and their children.

In London, they face a choice: stay loyal to the old traditions or try their best to fit in. After Adem abandons his family, Iskender, the eldest son, must step in and become the one who will not let any shame come to the family name.  And when Pembe begins a chaste affair with a man named Elias, Iskender will discover that you could love someone with all your heart and yet be ready to hurt them.

Just published to great acclaim in England, Honor is a powerful, gripping exploration of guilt and innocence, loyalty and betrayal, and the trials of the immigrant, as well as the love and heartbreak that too often tear families apart.

"Synopsis" by ,
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.

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