Elif Shafak: Personal Life and Career

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Elif Shafak (born 25 October in the year of 1971) is a Turkish- British novelist, essayist, public speaker, political scientist, and also activist. Shafak writes in Turkish and English and has published 19 workshops. Her books have been translated into 55 languages and have been nominated for several erudite awards. Described by the Financial Times as” Turkey’s leading womanish novelist”, several of her workshops have been bestsellers in Turkey and internationally. Her workshop has prominently featured the megacity of Istanbul and dealt with themes of Eastern and Western culture, places of women in society, and mortal rights issues. Certain politically grueling motifs addressed in her novels, similar to child abuse and the Armenian genocide, have led to legal action from authorities in Turkey that urged her to emigrate to the United Kingdom.

Elif Shafak

Personal Life

Shafak was born in Strasbourg, France, to Nuri Bilgin, a champion, and Şafak Atayman, who latterly came to a diplomat. After her parents separated, Shafak returned to Ankara, Turkey, where she was raised by her mama and motherly grandmother. She says that growing up in a dysfunctional family was delicate, but that growing up in an on-patriarchal terrain had a salutary impact on her. Having grown up without her father, she met her half-sisters for the first time when she was in her mid-twenties. Shafak studied for an undergraduate degree in transnational relations at Middle East Technical University and earned a master’s degree in women’s studies. She holds aPh.D. in political wisdom.


Shafak’s first novel, Pinhan, was awarded the Rumi Prize in 1998, a Turkish erudite prize. Shafak’s 1999 new Mahrem (The Gaze) was awarded” Stylish new” by the Turkish Authors’ Association in 2000. Her alternate novel in English, The Bastard of Istanbul, was long-listed for the Orange Prize. It addresses the Armenian genocide, which is denied by the Turkish government. Shafak was fulfilled in July 2006 on charges of” affronting Turkishness”(Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code) for agitating against the genocide in the novel. Had she been condemned; she’d have faced a maximum jail term of three times.

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