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The Bastard of Istanbul

Elif Shafak

‘Whatever falls from the sky above, thou shall not curse it.’

Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak is the author of four novels including The Gaze (Marion Boyars). In September 2006 her most recent novel, The Bastard of Istanbul, was the first work of fiction to be prosecuted under Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code, which prohibits ‘public denigration of Turkishness’. She was acquitted. The Bastard of Istanbul was published in the US in 2007 by Viking.

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