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  • Published: 3 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241986448
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $22.99

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: $22.99

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Praise for The Bastard of Istanbul

An astonishingly rich and lively story . handled with an enchantingly light touch' Kirkus Reviews

A brave and passionate novel

Paul Theroux

Tremendous exuberance . . . I do like a writer with a purpose

Margaret Forster

Overflows with a kitchen sink's worth of zany characters . an entertaining and insightful ensemble novel that posits the universality of family, culture and coincidence

(starred review), Publishers Weekly

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