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The Bastard of Istanbul

Narrated by: Alix Dunmore
Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Bastard of Istanbul by Edif Shafak.  

One rainy afternoon in Istanbul, a woman walks into a doctor's surgery. 'I need to have an abortion', she announces. She is 19 years old and unmarried. What happens that afternoon will change her life.  

Twenty years later, Asya Kazanci lives with her extended family in Istanbul. Due to a mysterious family curse, all the Kaznci men die in their early 40s, so it is a house of women, among them Asya's beautiful, rebellious mother, Zeliha, who runs a tattoo parlour; Banu, who has newly discovered herself as clairvoyant; and Feride, a hypochondriac obsessed with impending disaster. And when Asya's Armenian American cousin Armanoush comes to stay, long hidden family secrets connected with Turkey's turbulent past begin to emerge. 

©2019 Elif Shafak (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

Critic reviews

"Wonderfully magical, incredible, breathtaking...will have you gasping with disbelief in the last few pages." (Sunday Express)

"A beautiful book, the finest I have read about Turkey." (Irish Times

"Heartbreaking...the beauty of Islam pervades Shafak's book." (Vogue)

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  • Rawan
  • 17-08-19

Distracting details

Too many distracting details in an other wise intriguing story. Taught me so much about Armenians and the Ottoman Empire.