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Shafak, Elif 1971-

Works: 173 works in 1,078 publications in 31 languages and 12,253 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Historical fiction  Biographical fiction  Religious fiction  Romance fiction  Bildungsromans  Biography  Autobiographies  Educational films 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Other, Creator
Classifications: PS3619.H328, 813.6
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The bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak( Book )

121 editions published between 2006 and 2019 in 22 languages and held by 2,387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a novel overflows with a kitchen sink's worth of zany characters, women are front and center: Asya Kazanci, an angst-ridden 19-year-old Istanbulite is the bastard of the title; her beautiful, rebellious mother, Zeliha (who intended to have an abortion), has raised Asya among three generations of complicated and colorful female relations (including religious clairvoyant Auntie Banu and bar-brawl widow, Auntie Cevriye). The Kazanci men either die young or take a permanent hike like Mustafa, Zeliha's beloved brother who immigrated to America years ago. Mustafa's Armenian-American stepdaughter, Armanoush, who grew up on her family's stories of the 1915 genocide, shows up in Istanbul looking for her roots and for vindication from her new Turkish family. The Kazanci women lament Armanoush's family's suffering, but have no sense of Turkish responsibility for it; Asya's boho cohorts insist there was no genocide at all. As the debate escalates, Mustafa arrives in Istanbul, and a long-hidden secret connecting the histories of the two families is revealed
The forty rules of love by Elif Shafak( Book )

117 editions published between 2008 and 2018 in 17 languages and held by 1,593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the parallel stories of a present day Massachusetts, unhappily married professional reader, Ella Rubinstein's inspiration of the story of Shams of Tabriz, and her own transformation, and, the 13th-century transformation of a successful but unhappy cleric, Rumi, into a mystic and poet. Shafik blends the East and the West, past and present, and presents an account of how love works in the world
The architect's apprentice by Elif Shafak( Book )

71 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in 15 languages and held by 1,457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"During the height of the Ottoman Empire twelve-year-old Johan arrived in Istanbul to become an animal tamer to the white elephant Chota, befriend the sultan's beautiful daughter, and become an apprentice to Sinan, the empire's chief architect. As they build masterpieces, dangerous undercurrents begin to emerge, with jealousy erupting among Sinan's four apprentices"--
Honor by Elif Shafak( Book )

69 editions published between 2012 and 2017 in 16 languages and held by 1,345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'My mother died twice. I promised myself I would not let her story be forgotten'. And so begins the story of Esma a young Kurdish woman in London trying to come to terms with the terrible murder her brother has committed. Esma tells the story of her family stretching back three generations; back to her grandmother and the births of her mother and Aunt in a village on the edge of the Euphrates. Named Pembe and Jamila, meaning Pink and Beautiful rather than the names their mother wanted to call them, Destiny and Enough, the twin girls have very different futures ahead of them all of which will end in tragedy on a street in East London in 1978. A powerful, brilliant and moving account of murder, love and family set in a Kurdish village, Istanbul and London
Three daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak( Book )

47 editions published between 2016 and 2019 in 10 languages and held by 1,199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The stunning, timely new novel from the acclaimed, internationally bestselling author of The Architect's Apprentice and The Bastard of Istanbul. Peri, a married, wealthy, beautiful Turkish woman, 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. Three Daughters of Eve is set over an evening in contemporary Istanbul, as Peri arrives at the party and navigates the tensions that simmer in this crossroads country between East and West, religious and secular, rich and poor. Over the course of the dinner, and amidst an opulence that is surely ill-begotten, terrorist attacks occur across the city. Competing in Peri's mind however are the memories invoked by her almost-lost polaroid, of the time years earlier when she was sent abroad for the first time, to attend Oxford University. As a young woman there, she had become friends with the charming, adventurous Shirin, a fully assimilated Iranian girl, and Mona, a devout Egyptian-American. Their arguments about Islam and feminism find focus in the charismatic but controversial Professor Azur, who teaches divinity, but in unorthodox ways. As the terrorist attacks come ever closer, Peri is moved to recall the scandal that tore them all apart. Elif Shafak is the number one bestselling novelist in her native Turkey, and her work is translated and celebrated around the world. In Three Daughters of Eve, she has given us a rich and moving story that humanizes and personalizes one of the most profound sea changes of the modern world"
The flea palace by Elif Shafak( Book )

74 editions published between 2002 and 2018 in 12 languages and held by 621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set within a once-stately apartment block in Istanbul, The Flea Palace tells the story of Bonbon Palace, built by Russian noble emigre Pavel Antipov for his wife Agripina at the end of the Tsarist reign. It is now sadly dilapidated, flea-infested, and home to ten very different individuals and their families. Elif Shafak gives us a bird's-eye insight into each apartment, and we see their comic and tragic lives unfold
The saint of incipient insanities by Elif Shafak( Book )

43 editions published between 2003 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows the adventures of three young Turks loose in America as they negotiate their desires in a land that seems to allow limitless indulgences
The gaze by Elif Shafak( Book )

25 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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. But whilst the woman wants to hide away from the world, the man meets the stares from passers-by head on, compiling his 'Dictionary of Gazes' to explore the boundaries between appearance and reality." "The narrative of The Gaze is intertwined with the dwarf's dictionary entries and the story of a bizarre freak-show organized in Istanbul in the 1880s as the author considers the damage which can be inflicted by our simple desire to look at other people."--Jacket
The bastard of Istanbul : a novel by Elif Shafak( Recording )

13 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From one of Turkey's most acclaimed and outspoken writers comes a novel about the tangled histories of two families
TEDTalks : Elif Shafak - The Politics of Fiction( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Listening to stories widens the imagination; telling them lets us leap over cultural walls, embrace different experiences, feel what others feel. Elif Shafak builds on this simple idea to argue that fiction can overcome identity politics
The forty rules of love : a novel of Rumi by Elif Shafak( Recording )

16 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ella Rubenstein is forty years old and unhappily married when she takes a job as a reader for a literary agent. Her first assignment is to read and report on Sweet Blasphemy, a novel written by a man named Aziz Zahara. Ella is mesmerized by his tale of Shams' search for Rumi and the dervish's role in transforming the successful but unhappy cleric into a committed mystic, passionate poet, and advocate of love
The architect's apprentice by Elif Shafak( Recording )

12 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'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 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
Pinhan by Elif Shafak( Book )

35 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in Turkish and Polish and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Baba ve piç by Elif Shafak( Book )

35 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in Turkish and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In drie generaties van een Turkse familie speelt de Armeense kwestie een grote rol
Istanbul by Andreas Herzau( Book )

4 editions published in 2010 in German and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The debate surrounding Turkey's potential membership in the European Union prompted Andreas Herzau (*1962) to take a closer look at this country. Istanbul is situated at the border between Europe and Asia, and it was there that he found a concentrate of the challenges facing Turkey today. Yet the city also displays the opportunities that are open to the country as a whole. Herzau's images capture precisely the many facets of the Turkish port: workers being ferried from one continent to the other, Muslims at prayer, people window shopping and looking at fashion advertising. Working with the genre of street photography, the photographer discovers the city on foot--watching, walking, and waiting until the pictures find him. In this way, the photographer creates spontaneous snapshots of public life. And since people from all walks of life are encountered on the street, the photographs reveal much about present-day conditions and a life between tradition and modernity."--Publisher's website
Mahrem : görmeye ve görülmeye dair bir roman by Elif Shafak( Book )

27 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in Turkish and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roman om modernitet, at udstille sig selv, at se og blive set
Honor by Elif Shafak( Recording )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in English and Polish and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Şehrin aynaları by Elif Shafak( Book )

28 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Black milk : on writing, motherhood, and the harem within by Elif Shafak( Book )

16 editions published between 2008 and 2017 in 8 languages and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A thoughtful and incisive meditation on literature, motherhood, and spiritual wellbeing from Turkey's leading female author After the birth of her first child, Elif Shafak experienced a profound personal crisis. Plagued by guilt, anxiety, and bewilderment about her new maternal role, the acclaimed novelist stopped writing for the first time in her life. As she plummeted into post-partum depression, Shafak looked to the experiences of other prominent female writers'including Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, Simone de Beauvoir, and Alice Walker'for help navigating the conflict between motherhood and artistic creation in a male-dominated society. Searingly honest, eloquent, and unexpectedly humorous, Black Milk will be widely embraced by writers, academics, and anyone who has undergone the identity crisis engendered by being a mother
İskender by Elif Shafak( Book )

13 editions published in 2011 in Turkish and Undetermined and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The bastard of Istanbul
The forty rules of loveThe flea palaceThe saint of incipient insanitiesThe gazeThe bastard of Istanbul : a novelThe forty rules of love : a novel of RumiIstanbulBlack milk : on writing, motherhood, and the harem within
Alternative Names
Bilgin, Elif.

Bilgin, Elif 1971-

Elif Şafak écrivaine turque

Elif Şafak scriitoare turcă

Elif Şafak scrittrice turca

Elif Şafak török írónő

Elif Şafak török írónő, 1971-

Elif Şafak Türgi kirjanik

Elif Şafak Turkish writer

Elif Şafak turkisk författare

Elif Şafak tyrkisk skribent

Elif Şafaková turecká spisovatelka

Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak escriptora turca

Elif Shafak escritora turca

Elif Shafak türkische Schriftstellerin

Elif Shafak Turks schrijfster

Elif Shafak tyrkisk skribent

Šāfāk, Alīf 1971-

Şafak E.

Şafak E. 1971-

Şafak, Elif

Šafak, Êlif 1971-

Šafaka, Elifa 1971-

Šafaq, Ilīf 1971-

Shāfāk, ʻAlīf 1971-

Shafak E.

Shafak E. 1971-

Shafak Elif

Shafak, Elif 1971-

Shafaq, Alīf, 1971-

Shafaq, Ilīf 1971-

Əlif Şəfəq

Ελίφ Σαφάκ

Билгин, Элиф

Елиф Шафак

Еліф Шафак

Шафак, Элиф

Элиф Шафак турецкая и американская писательница

Էլիֆ Շաֆաք

Շաֆակ, Էլիֆ 1971-

אליף שאפאק

אליף שאפאק סופרת טורקייה

שאפאק, אליף 1971-

שאפק, אליף 1971-

שפאק, אליף 1971-

שפק, אליף 1971-

إليف شفك

الیف شافاق

الیف شفق نویسنده اهل ترکیه

إيلاف شفيق كاتبة تركية

ایلیف شفق

شافاق، اليق، 1971-

شافاق، ايليف، 1971-

شافاك، أليف

شافاك، أليف 1971-

شفق، أليف

ئەلف شافاک

ئەلیف شەفەق

एलिफ़ शफ़क एलिफ़ शफ़क एक तुर्की लेखिका हैं, जिन्होंने कई उपन्यासों की रचना की है। बास्टर्ड ऑफ़ इन्स्तान्बुल, फोर्टी रूल्स ऑफ़ लव आदि उनकी प्रमुख पुस्तकें हैं, जो बहुत मशहूर हैं।

ਐਲਫ਼ ਸ਼ਫ਼ਕ

ელიფ შაფაქი

샤팍, 엘리프 1971-

엘리프 샤팍