Elif Shafak

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The Flea Palace

Short listed for 2006 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize
book | Fiction | 2010
UK → Viking

Turkish Title: Bit Palas

Shortlisted for the Independent Prize for Foreign Fiction

Waterstone’s 2005 Summer Reading promotion

Keen irony and humour amongst the cats and tomb thieves of Istanbul.

The setting is a stately residence in Istanbul built by Russian noble émigré Pavel Antipov for his wife Agripina at the end of the Tsarist reign, now sadly dilapidated, flea-infested, and home to ten families. Shafak uses the narrative structure of A Thousand and One Nights to construct a story-within-a-story narrative.

Inhabitants include Ethel, a lapsed Jew in search of true love and the sad and beautiful Blue Mistress whose personal secret provides the novel with an unforgettable denouement. Add to this a strange, intensifying stench whose cause is revealed at the end of the book, and we have a metaphor for the cultural and spiritual decay in the heart of Istanbul.

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Reviews

An enchanting work. It is wonderful. Sarah Broadhurst
The Bookseller
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A gem of a novel. Scott Pack
Waterstone's
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This novel takes off into a hyperactive, hilarious trip, with farce, passion, mystery and many sidelights on Turkey's past. The Independent

Ms Shafak is well set to challenge Mr Pamuk as Turkey's foremost contemporary novelist. The Economist

Elif Shafak is the figurehead of a new generation of writers, who use literature to reconfigure Turkish identity, and its relationship to the country's history. The Independent

Shafak can switch from a picareque tale of a father and son's broken noses to astute observations of how strangely despair and love manifest themselves without pausing.

The Guardian

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