The bastard of istanbul tells the story of their two families and a secret connection linking them to a violent event in the history of their homeland filed with humor and understanding this exuberant dramatic novel is about memory and forgetting about the need to examine the past and the desire to erase it and about turkey itself . A florid hodgepodge of a book the bastard of istanbul is too weak a novel to deal fruitfully with the issues it raises the armenian genocide of 1915 nationalism how to navigate through your identity as the child of immigrants and shafaks ambition doesnt match her execution its cluttered and unfocused and shafaks characters fail to . The bastard of istanbul is a 2006 novel by turkish bestselling author elif afak written originally in english and published by viking adultit was translated by asl bien into her native language turkish under the title baba ve pi in march 2006 and became a bestseller. The bastard of istanbul arrives already weighed down by baggage written in english the novel was published first in turkey in translation where it rapidly became a bestseller its author elif . The bastard of istanbul is the story of two families one turkish and one armenian american and their struggle to forge their unique identities against the backdrop of turkeys violent history this exuberant dramatic novel is about memory and forgetting about the tension between the need to examine the past and the desire to erase it
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