Publication Date: 06/08/2020 ISBN: 9780241979464 Category:

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World

Elif Shafak

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Date: 06/08/2020 ISBN: 9780241979464 Category:
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019

‘Expect vibrant, vivid and eye-opening descriptions of Middle Eastern life propelled by a tender storyline, all in Shafak’s haunting, beautiful and considered prose’ Vanity Fair

‘Incredibly sensuous and poetic and evocative’ Pandora Sykes, The High Low

‘Richly uplifting… truly beautiful writing’ Nicola Sturgeon

‘In the first minute following her death, Tequila Leila’s consciousness began to ebb, slowly and steadily, like a tide receding from the shore…’

For Leila, each minute after her death recalls a sensuous memory: spiced goat stew, sacrificed by her father to celebrate the birth of a yearned-for son; bubbling vats of lemon and sugar to wax women’s legs while men are at prayer; the cardamom coffee she shares with a handsome student in the brothel where she works. Each fading memory brings back the friends she made in her bittersweet life – friends who are now desperately trying to find her . . .

‘Simply magnificent, a truly captivating work of immense power and beauty, on the essence of life and its end’ Philippe Sands

‘A vivid carnival of life and death, cruelty and kindness, love, politics and deep humanity. Brilliant!’ Helena Kennedy

‘Elif Shafak brings into the written realm what so many others want to leave outside. Spend more than ten minutes and 38 seconds in this world of the estranged. Shafak makes a new home for us in words’ Colum McCann

‘Elif Shafak’s extraordinary 10 Minutes, 38 Seconds in this Strange World is a work of brutal beauty and consummate tenderness’ Simon Schama

‘A rich, sensual novel… This is a novel that gives voice to the invisible, the untouchable, the abused and the damaged, weaving their painful songs into a thing of beauty.’ Financial Times

‘One of the best writers in the world today’ Hanif Kureishi

‘Haunting, moving, beautifully written – and based by an extraordinary cast of characters who capture the diversity of modern Turkey. A masterpiece’ Peter Frankopan

‘Extraordinary’ Guardian

‘Life-affirming’ Stylist

Elif Shafak’s latest novel The Island of Missing Trees is available for pre-order now

Publisher Review

A heartbreaking meditation on the ways in which social forces can destroy a life. Elif Shafak can be unsparing, lyrical, political, intimate... Several novels live in this one, and all of them are moving, generous and elegantly written -- Juan Gabriel Vasquez Elif Shafak's extraordinary Ten Minutes, 38 Seconds in this Strange World is a work of brutal beauty and consummate tenderness, a wild shout of life from out of the lower depths of destitution and prostitution, indeed from beyond the grave itself. Every page throbs with unruly vitality, the sense- saturating colours scents and sounds of raw Istanbul, all registered with poetic sharpness. It's a book which for all its ordeals is a profoundly moving, at times lyrical, celebration of humanity's obstinate fight for life against the steepest of odds -- Simon Schama Elif Shafak brings into the written realm what so many others want to leave outside. Spend more than ten minutes and 38 seconds in this world of the estranged. Shafak makes a new home for us in words -- Colum McCann A vivid carnival of life and death, cruelty and kindness, love, politics and deep humanity. This is only possible in the hands of a consummate storyteller. Elif Shafak's lyrical command of language and narrative is breathtaking. Brilliant! -- Helena Kennedy A brave and passionate novel -- Paul Theroux on 'Bastard of Istanbul' A thoughtful, charming book that offers a connection to other worlds, perspectives and possibilities * Sunday Times on 'Three Daughters of Eve' * A terrific book. Poetic, poignant, trenchant -- Ian Rankin on 'Three Daughters of Eve' Shafak is the most exciting Turkish novelist to reach western readers in years * Irish Times * One of the best writers in the world today -- Hanif Kureishi A rich, sensual novel... This is a novel that gives voice to the invisible, the untouchable, the abused and the damaged, weaving their painful songs into a thing of beauty. -- Francesca Segal * Financial Times * Haunting, moving, beautifully written -- Peter Frankopan A truly captivating work of immense power and beauty -- Philippe Sands

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