The Bastard of Istanbul
book | Fiction | 2007
Turkish Title: Baba ve Pic
Longlisted for Orange Fiction Prize
As an Armenian American living in San Francisco, Armanoush feels like part of her identity is missing and that she must make a journey back to the past, to Turkey, in order to start living her life. Asya is a nineteen-year-old woman living in an extended all-female household in Istanbul who loves Johnny Cash and the French existentialists.
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. Filled 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.
Daisy Meyrick manages the translation rights for The Bastard of Istanbul
The audio rights are handled by Alice Lutyens.
Translation Rights Sold
Booklist (starred review) Full Review
Shocking, ambitious, exuberant.
This is a brave and passionate novel by a brave and passionate novelist.
Author of The Great Railway Bazaar
A beautiful book, the finest I have read about Turkey
Heartbreaking... The beauty of Islam pervades Shafak's book.
Quite an exceptional literary feast.
Bold and raggedly beautiful... Although this book is crowded with characters, its most vivid one is not one of the Kazanci matriarchs but Istanbul tiself.
A deftly spun tale of two families who are burdened by dark secrets and historical tragedies rooted in a common Istanbul past.
Rich and satisfying... Shafak's prose is rich with telling detail and witty description.