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Shafak, Elif 1971-

Works: 129 works in 848 publications in 27 languages and 10,735 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Historical fiction  Biographical fiction  Romance fiction  Bildungsromans  Biography  Educational films  Internet videos  Suspense fiction 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Other, Creator
Classifications: PS3619.H328, 813.6
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Elif Shafak
The bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak( Book )

94 editions published between 2006 and 2016 in 21 languages and held by 2,325 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 )

94 editions published between 2009 and 2016 in 17 languages and held by 1,443 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 and suddenly her life is transformed. Her first assignment is to read a novel about the ancient Sufi mystic, Rumi, who was transformed by the whirling dervish into a passionate poet and advocate of love
The architect's apprentice by Elif Shafak( Book )

51 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in 10 languages and held by 1,241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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, Turkey's 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 sultan's menagerie, he looks after the exceptionally smart elephant Chota and befriends (and falls for) the sultan's beautiful daughter, Princess Mihrimah. A palace education leads Jahan to Mimar Sinan, the empire's chief architect, who takes Jahan under his wing as they construct (with Chota's help) some of the most magnificent buildings in history. Yet even as they build Sinan's triumphant masterpieces-the incredible Suleymaniye and Selimiye mosques-dangerous undercurrents begin to emerge, with jealousy erupting among Sinan's four apprentices. A memorable story of artistic freedom, creativity, and the clash between science and fundamentalism, Shafak's 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"--
Honor by Elif Shafak( Book )

52 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in 11 languages and held by 1,219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'My mother died twice. I promised myself I would not let her story be forgotten . . .' Pembe and Adem Toprak leave Turkey for London. There they make new lives for their family. Yet the traditions and beliefs of their home come with them - carried in the blood of their children, Iskender and Esma.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
The flea palace by Elif Shafak( Book )

61 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in 11 languages and held by 587 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The setting is a stately residence in Istanbul built by Russian noble emigre Pavel Antipov for his wife Agripina at the end of the Tsarist reign, now sadly dilapidated, flea-infested, and home to ten families. Shafak uses the narrative structure of A Thousand and One Nights to construct a story-within-a-story narrative. Inhabitants include Ethel, a lapsed Jew in search of true love and the sad and beautiful Blue Mistress whose personal secret provides the novel with an unforgettable denouement. Add to this a strange, intensifying stench whose cause is revealed at the end of the book, we have a metaphoric conduit for the cultural and spiritual decay in the heart of Istanbul
The saint of incipient insanities by Elif Shafak( Book )

35 editions published between 2003 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 523 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 )

21 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in 4 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 )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tangled histories of two families-- one Turkish and one Armenian-American
TEDTalks : Elif Shafak - The Politics of Fiction( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 245 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
Three daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak( Book )

12 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
The forty rules of love : a novel of Rumi by Elif Shafak( Recording )

14 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 141 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. She is also taken with Shams's lessons, or rules, which offer insight into an ancient philosophy based on the unity of all people and religions, and the presence of love in each and every one of us. As she reads on, she realizes that Rumi's story mirrors her own and that Zahara -- like Shams -- has come to set her free
The architect's apprentice by Elif Shafak( Recording )

9 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 87 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 )

32 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in Turkish and Polish and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Baba ve piç by Elif Shafak( Book )

30 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in Turkish and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

5 editions published in 2010 in German and held by 75 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
Honor by Elif Shafak( Recording )

7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 72 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 )

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

De heilige van de beginnende waanzin by Elif Shafak( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in Dutch and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een Turkse jongeman heeft moeite zich aan te passen aan het leven in de Verenigde Staten
Mahrem : görmeye ve gȯrülmeye dair bir roman by Elif Shafak( Book )

23 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in Turkish and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roman om modernitet, at udstille sig selv, at se og blive set
Black milk : on writing, motherhood, and the harem within by Elif Shafak( Book )

10 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 55 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
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The bastard of Istanbul
Alternative Names
Bilgin, Elif 1971-

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Elif Şafak scrittrice turca

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Elif Şafak tyrkisk skribent

Elif Şafaková turecká spisovatelka

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Šāfāk, Alīf 1971-

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Šafaq, Ilīf 1971-

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Əlif Şəfəq

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Елиф Шафак

Шафак, Элиф

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אליף שאפאק

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إليف شفق كاتبة تركية

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الیف شافاق

الیف شفق نویسنده اهل ترکیه

شافاق، اليق، 1971-

شافاك، أليف 1971-

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।

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샤팍, 엘리프 1971-

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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