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Elif Shafak: “The Bastard of Istanbul”

Hosted by the Consul of the Beijing Book Reading Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Sun 26 May 14:30 - 16:30

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“The Bastard of Istanbul” by Elif Shafak

“Elif Shafak (Turkish: Elif Şafak, pronounced [eˈlif ʃaˈfak]; born 25 October Protected content a Turkish-British novelist, essayist, academic, public speaker and women's rights activist.....
Shafak writes in both Turkish and English, and has published 16 books, 10 of which are novels, including The Bastard of Istanbul, The Forty Rules of Love and Three Daughters of Eve. Her books have been translated into 49 languages....

The story centers around Asya Kazancı and Armanoush Tchakhmakhchian. It is set in Arizona; San Francisco, California; and Istanbul, Turkey. The novel deals with their families and how they are connected through the history of the Protected content Genocide. At age nineteen, Armanoush travels secretly to Istanbul to search for her Armenian roots....”
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We have now changed location from Russia of the late Protected content 1900’s to Turkey. This presents a change in our area of cultural reference, as well as a change to a work by a living author. Being based in an international city like Beijing, our reading club is honored to have members from many different backgrounds and cultures. It is exciting to be able reflect this diversity when choosing a literary work for our monthly discussions. The discussions become even more animated, when members sharing the same cultural background as the author can give their personal insights during our activity. My co-consul Manu and I are both eager to hear what our members have to say about this provocative work at our next meeting!

Please note: We are back to our “normal“ Sunday activity day. Our starting time is once again 2:30 pm to give the movie club more time to screen their film immediately following our discussion.

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Our venue has a separate meeting room which we can use free of charge. This depends on us consuming a little, So be sure to order something to drink, etc. from the cafe'....
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