The Flea Palace

April 15, 2013

Elif Şafak’s “The Flea Palace” – a fanciful book with cinematic elements about a bunch of different people who all live in the same building, each persona representing different aspects of Istanbul. A slightly different slow-paced narrative from her other books I read so far, but what all share in common is the engaging presence of the author.

“Not only places but also people, animals, even moments had colours each of which, she had no doubt she could see if focused fully. She did so once again. At first with curiosity, then with frustration, she stared and stared without a blink at the silhouette of the city in front of her until her eyes watered and the image became blurred.” Dominant colour of the book – the colour of sorrow.

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