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Elif Shafak


Elif Shafak was born in Strasbourg in 1971. Her father was a philosopher and her mother later became a diplomat. When her parents separated, she and her mother moved to Ankara. She did not see her father during this time. He has since in various places and currently lives in London. She has a degree in International Relations, a Master’s degree in Gender and Women’s Studies and a PhD in Political Science. Her first book was a collection of stories. She has since published ten novels, as well as works of non-fiction and has written articles for numerous magazines and newspapers.

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Elif Shafak: What Turkey Urgently Needs Now
Elif Shafak on Ways of Knowing and the Women in Her Life
Further reading: Elif Shafak on books to change your mind
Home Sweet Homes (article by Shafak)


1994 Kem Gözlere Anadolur (stories)
1997 Pinhan (novel)
1999 Şehrin Aynaları (novel)
2000 Mahrem (The Gaze) (novel)
2002 Bit Palas (The Flea Palace (novel))
2004 Araf (The Saint of Incipient Insanities) (novel)
2005 Med-Cezir (essays)
2006 Baba ve Piç (The Bastard of Istanbul) (novel)
2007 TheHappiness of Blond People
2007 Siyah Süt (Black Milk: On Writing, Motherhood, and the Harem Within)\2007 Siyah süt : yeni başlayanlar için postpartum depresyon
2009 Aşk The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi)
2010 Kâğıt Helva
2010 Firarperest (essays)
2011 İskender (Honour)
2012 Şemspare (essays)
2013 Ustam ve Ben (The Architect’s Apprentice) (novel)
2014 Sakız Sardunya (children’s)
2016 Havva’nın Üç Kızı (Three Daughters of Eve) (novel)
2017 Sanma ki Yalnizsin (essays)
2018 Sanma ki Yalnizsin
2019 Aşkın kırk kuralı (essays)
2019 On dakika otuz sekiz saniye (10 minutes 38 seconds in this Strange World) (novel)
2020 How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division
2021 The Island of Missing Trees
2024 There Are Rivers in the Sky