Elif Shafak, Baba ve Piç [The Bastard of Istanbul]

Zeynep Atayurt Fenge (Ankara University)
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Published in 2007,

The Bastard of Istanbul

is the sixth novel by the Anglo-Turkish writer Elif Shafak, and her second novel in English following her 2004

The Saint of Incipient Insanities

. But it is

The Bastard of Istanbul

that has won Shafak international acclaim, bringing her literary recognition and increasing popularity worldwide. Regarded as a controversial novel,

The Bastard of Istanbul

portrays the encounter between two long-distance families whose paths converge due to their respective personal and social histories, set against the backdrop of the Turkish-Armenian conflict. Offering a fictional account of a politically and historically delicate subject for both parties, the novel has received some harsh criticism which culminated in a lawsuit against Shafak on the grounds that she…

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Citation: Atayurt Fenge, Zeynep. "Baba ve Piç". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 April 2024 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=38997, accessed 25 May 2024.]

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