Memed, My Hawk by Yaşar Kemal Fatmagül’ün Suçu Ne? by Vedat Türkali The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk The Time. Elif Shafak is an award-winning bestselling novelist and the most widely read female writer in Turkey. Her books have been translated into more than twenty. Elif Shafak was born in Strasbourg, France, in Þafak greatly increased her readership with her novel Mahrem (The Gaze), which earned her the ” Union .

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These thoughts were about identity, love of a different kind, of wanting to be accepted and at the same time wanting for the world to leave you alone with your loved one.

Shafak blends Western and Eastern traditions of storytelling, bringing out the myriad stories of women, minorities, immigrants, subcultures, youth and global souls. The prejudices are laid out the way they are and the reader is forced to think about them, also maybe ask the difficult question: The contemporary story wasn’t written on a linera mode making it difficult to understand the story and what’s going on.

She also has a keen eye for black humor. This is a story of perception as much as it is of gaze. I am awed by her ability to describe ordinary things of daily life such extraordinarily and extraordinary things such brilliantly. Within the story itself, we have some entries of words from a dictionary, a different kind of dictionary.

We can excuse the use of Ottoman dress and Iznik tiles on My Name is Redfor example, given that the story revolves around miniaturist painters who served in the sixteenth-century Ottoman court. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? But, that doesn’t make it anymore justified.

Shafak’s first novel, Pinhan The Mystic was awarded the “Rumi Prize” inwhich is given to the best work in mystical literature in Turkey.

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I did enjoy some characters. But could we make it a bit more … you know … Turkish. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. The subtext but of course being to let people not look or rather to make them look what they do not want to see. A married woman, Madame de Marelle is tortured by her desire for eliv man. This book was beautifully written, and I’m really hoping this writing style is consistent in Elif’s other books as this was the first of hers I have read after seeing her give a talk at my university for International Women’s Day.

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Share your thoughts with other customers. It takes you to familiar places from where you thought you had moved on.

Selling more than copies in a month it instantly became number one best-seller in Turkey. When I started reading this book, I went through the reviews and was amused to see someone relating this book to an extremely fatty lasagna dish.

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Goodreads helps aafak keep track of books you want to read. May 18, Elena Di rated it did not like it. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Her most recent novel Ustam ve Ben December revolves around the life of Mimar Sinan, the most famous Ottoman architect and opens up important debates on power, creativity, artistic freedom and bigotry. This article may be written from a fan’s point of viewrather than a neutral point of view. Do I look at people?

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The story of an apartment building in Istanbul that was built by White Russians escaping from the Bolshevik revolution. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. The couple deal with the gaze of passers by in different ways. BC, the dwarf annoyed me a lot.

Dec 14, Rima added it. Her work draws on diverse cultures and literary traditions, as well as deep interest in history, philosophy, Sufism, oral culture, and cultural politics. A novel on surveillance and the equally confining gaze of God and society.


The narrator feels pain as she realises she is just an object observed by B-C.

Later, they become frightened of what they could see. I liked the historical stories more than the contemporary one because I actually understood all of them while I had difficulty understanding the contemporary one; especially the first chapters.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Be the first to review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: The presentation of the gaze concept in the couple is original, thought-provoking and heartfelt.

In my local book shop recently I noticed that this enigma was not confined to The Bastard of Istanbul. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

Ugly and pretty face the world in different but equally frightful angles, it says. But are they really themselves? I haven’t felt bored while reading this book ,but I verily was annoyed because I didn’t understand what was going on. I was attached to it. She is different from others and she does not feel comfortable.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Will I behave like this, given the situation? The look that we receive, all powerful reminders of the deep seated prejudices on outward appearances. Even though the narrator knows and feels that her parents love and care about her, she thinks that when she looks into their eyes, she sees the pain inside. When Adam and Eve tasted the forbidden hand, they saw their differences for the first time.