Elif Shafak is a Turkish author and journalist
26 July 2013 07:00 PM
Essay: Elif Shafak defined herself as a writer above all. Then she had a child, and depression hit. But a new chapter would begin...
The Big Questions: What do the protests in Turkey tell us about democracy and Islam? Should Erdogan step down?
14 June 2013 05:36 PM
This week's questions are answered by award-winning author Elif Shafak
22 February 2013 07:00 PM
The Turkish author of this year's 'Big Bath Read', has travelled not just between cultures but between languages.
30 March 2012 12:00 AM
So I had left Istanbul with its colourful chaos and ended up in a place in America where the wind blew hot as a hair dryer, huge thorny cacti greeted newcomers and Spanish was the official language. What was I doing in Tucson, Arizona? Teaching, writing a new novel... The part of me that couldn't settle down, always a nomad, an outsider, East and West, and yet precisely because of that at home everywhere, that stubborn part was holding the reins. It was as if I had taken a plastic globe, given it a real good spin, and randomly put my finger on a spot.
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