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  • Published: 3 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241986448
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $19.99

The Bastard of Istanbul




A breath-taking novel about a violent secret that threatens the peace of two interwoven families - now a Penguin Essential

One rainy afternoon in Istanbul a woman walks into a doctor's surgery. 'I want an abortion', she announces. She is nineteen years old, and unmarried. What happens that afternoon is to change her life, and the lives of everyone around her.Twenty years later, Asya Kazanci lives with her extended family in Istanbul. Due to a mysterious family curse all the men die by age 41, so it is a house of women, among them her beautiful, rebellious mother, Zeliha, clairvoyant Auntie Banu and bar-brawl widow, Auntie Cevriye. But when Asya's Armenian-American cousin Armanoush comes to stay, long-hidden family secrets and Turkey's turbulent past begin to emerge.

  • Published: 3 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241986448
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $19.99

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Praise for The Bastard of Istanbul

A writer whose artistry matches her ambition . . . she has taken on a subject of deep moral consequence

New York Times

Unquestionably an ambitious book, exuberant and teeming . . . a novel crammed with characters and themes, not unlike Istanbul itself

Guardian

Wonderfully magical, incredible, breathtaking . . . will have you gasping with disbelief in the last few pages

Sunday Express

Heartbreaking . . . the beauty of Islam pervades Shafak's book

Vogue

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