« The Bastard of Istanbul » by Elif Shafak


An Armenian family, a Turkish family, United States, Turkey, past and present and the unspoken atrocities of what was done… « The Bastard of Istanbul » is not a light, entertaining reading. I have enormous admiration for the unbiased way Shafak tells us the story with love and respect to all concerned.

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  1. This book has been on my TBR list for a while, but I’ve not had time to find it in Turkish to read it (assuming that that was the original, as it’s set there and she is Turkish, although I see that she often works with a Turkish translator on her books like Usta ve Ben, which was apparently written in English).

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