In her new novel, one of Turkey's leading literary voices explores some of the most urgent and universal issues in today's world.
This is a story about identity, politics, religion, women and God.
There were six of us: the master, the apprentices and the white elephant. We built everything together. Mosques, bridges, madrasas, ravanserais, alms houses, aqueducts...
I think about Istanbul every day.
"You know, I never understand. How come their children are so quiet and well disciplined?"
"Yeah," said the distressed father, his voice suddenly softer. "Blond children never cry, do they?"
Ostpartum depression affects millions of new mothers every year, and -like most of its victims- Elif Shafak never expected to be one of them.
Whatever falls from the sky above, thou shall not curse it.
That includes the rain.
Set within a once-stately apartment block in the heart of Istanbul, this novel telles the story of Bonbon Palace, built by a Russian emigre for his wife at the end of the Tsarist regime.