Honour, By Elif Shafak
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books 2013, and the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and is currently judging the Aesthetica Magazine new writing prize.
Friday 01 March 2013
The first chapter of this novel begins with a daughter in mourning, and develops into an intricate story of an honour killing.
We follow three generations of Turkish-Kurds as Shafak weaves her narrative twists, and combines times, places and linguistic inflections with extraordinary dexterity, from 1950s working-class Istanbul to 1970s Hackney and then Shrewsbury prison, 20 years later.
This is a powerful tale of cross-cultural lives, motherhood, male violence and cycles of rage and revenge.
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