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Elif Shafak
publisher: Metis Yayinlari, Istanbul, 2000

translated as:
The Gaze
publisher: Querido, Amsterdam, 2006
translation: Brendan Freeley

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An overweight woman and her lover, a dwarf, are sick of being stared at wherever they go so decide to reverse roles. The man goes out wearing make up, and the woman draws a moustache on her face.
The couple deal with the gaze of passersby in different ways. The woman wants to hide away from the world, while the man meets them head on, even compiling his own ‘Dictionary of the Gaze’
to show the powerful effects a simple look can have on a person’s life.
The narrative of The Gaze is intertwined with the dwarf’s dictionary entries and the story of a bizarre freak-show organized in Istanbul in the 1880s as the author explores the damage which can be done by our simple desire to look at other people.


The Gaze
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Shafak explores the subject of body image and desirability in women and men.
The Flea Palace
A stately residence in Istanbul, now home to ten families, is a metaphoric conduit for the cultural and spiritual decay in the heart of the city.
The Saint of Incipient Insanities
Three graduate school roommates - a Moroccan, a Turk and a Spaniard - are strange bedfellows in a potentially inhospitable land in this first novel in English by Turkish writer Elif Shafak.
The Bastard of Istanbul

The tale of two families, an exiled Armenian family living in San Francisco and the Kazancis of Istanbul, whose contemporary stories conjoin through a family secret that began with the 1915 massacre of Armenians.
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