Elif Şafak

© Goethe-Institut Istanbul
© Goethe-Institut Istanbul
Elif Şafak

Sounds of Love

The Forty Rules of Love

Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord
19.06.2010, 19:00

Cirque Royal in Brussels
25.06.2010, 20:00


The writer Elif Şafak was born in Strasbourg in 1971 and has lived in Spain, Jordan, Germany, Turkey and the USA. After studying political science at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, she taught at a number of universities in Turkey and the USA. Her first book of short stories, titled “Kem Gözlere Anadolu”, was published in 1994. Her debut novel, “Pinhan”, for which she received the Mevlana Award, followed in 1997. Şafak published her first novel in English, “The Saint of Incipient Insanities”, in 2004. She is regarded as one of the most successful Turkish authors, both in her own country and at the international level. Elif Şafak lives alternately in Istanbul and the USA, and currently writes for diverse Turkish and foreign newspapers and magazines.

Selected works

  • Kâğıt Helva, 2010
  • Aşk, 2009 (English: The Forty Rules of Love, 2010)
  • Siyah Süt, 2007
  • The Bastard of Istanbul, 2006
  • The Saint of Incipient Insanities, 2004
  • Bit Palas, 2002 (English: The Flea Palace, 2005)
  • Mahrem, 2000 (English: The Gaze, 2006)
  • Şehrin Aynaları, 1999
  • Pinhan, 1997
  • Kem Gözlere Anadolu, 1994
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