Posts Tagged ‘Elif Şafak’

Three Daughters of Eve

August 7, 2017

Another engaging book I couldn’t wait reading by Elif Şafak – Three Daughters of Eve – a book about identity, politics, religion and God, provocative and philosophical as most of her writing.

The sinner, the believer and the confused – there Muslim girls all with different views in a class about ‘understanding God’ at Oxford University. And an enigmatic and controversial professor who encourages students to express their opinions.

Peri back then in her childhood, Peri back then at Oxford and Peri back now in Istanbul. The unresolved issues from the past seem to haunt her (as they do all of us) until we find the right solution for them. “Three Daughters of Eve” and the story of each girl resonated deeply with me.

The Gaze

December 1, 2015

Unlike all other books by Elif Şafak, The Gaze was a bit difficult for me to grasp – was it because of the magical schizophrenia or the too avant-garde style, however the topic of “seeing and being seen” remained somehow beyond me. “How much is much and how little is little” – that is a notion I sometimes struggle with.

In Bulgarian the title was translated as “Dictionary of Looks” which dragged my expectations into an utterly different direction. Anyway, a novel unlike any of her previous ones. Looking forward to her next novels.

The Architect’s Apprentice

November 23, 2014

SinanElif Şafak’s latest book “The Architect’s Apprentice” is a fabulous story about the life and work of Turkey’s Michelangelo – the architect Mimar Sinan who in his long life has created more than 300 major structures – mosques, schools, mausoleums, aqueducts, bridges, palaces, hamams, etc.

“Christians, Jews Muslims, Zoroastrians and people of myriad faiths and creeds lived under the same invisible dome. For the eye that could see, architecture was everywhere…

Destroying a bridge was easier than building it, it takes time, skill and patience to create, yet only moments to demolish.”

The Saint of Incipient Insanities

November 25, 2013

I never get tired of reading Elif Şafak. A few days ago I was wondering if another of her fabulous books has appeared on the Bulgarian market and the first book I came across at the book store was ‘The Saint of Incipient Insanities’, so three days later I am dreaming of her next novel to be published.

A vibrant insight into love, friendship, culture, nationality, exile, belonging and identity. Giving the answer to what makes a raven and stork wander together. ‘Who is a true foreigner – the one living in a foreign country knowing he belongs to another or the one living as a foreigner in one’s own country…?’ A very provoking read.

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.

Black Milk

December 11, 2012

Elif Şafak’s ‘Black Milk’ and balancing several voices and different conflicting aspects – the ‘harem’ inside. A memoir of her own motherhood. Identity crisis as a way of finding oneself. A book that makes you think about all your own voices inside struggling to be heard and most importantly – accepted.