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May

Hay Festival: Elif Shafak - Imagine the World in the Time of Coronavirus

In this first of a series of short talks specially commissioned to engage with renewal the Turkish writer Elif Shafak reflects on issues very close to her heart such as social justice, dignity, human rights, equality, public benefit, diversity…. and a new kind of political action.

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Saturday 23rd May, 2020 @ 8:30 pm

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About the Event

In this first of a series of short talks specially commissioned to engage with renewal the Turkish writer Elif Shafak reflects on issues very close to her heart such as social justice, dignity, human rights, equality, public benefit, diversity…. and a new kind of political action.

Elif Shafak is an activist for women's rights, minority rights, and freedom of speech. Her latest book 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World was shortlisted for the Booker prize and for the Prix de Livre Etranger in France.

About the Book

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World
10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World

Elif Shafak

Publisher:Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date:6 Jun 2019

ISBN:9780241293867

4.04 out of 5
9 reviews
"a vibrant evocation of a hidden Istanbul in the middle of the 20th century"
Financial Times
"teases beauty and humour from a grim tale"
The Times
"A powerful novel from a writer under fire from the Turkish authorities"
The Sunday Times
"sensual but frustrating"
The Observer
"a profound and unflinching look at sexual violence"
The Guardian
"fuelled by a vivid, sensual passion"
Irish Times
"evoke[s] vivid memories"
The Spectator
"stark, intimate and complex"
New Statesman
"Shafak’s novel chronicles the spirit"
Daily Mail

'In the first minute following her death, Tequila Leila's consciousness began to ebb, slowly and steadily, like a tide receding from the shore. Her brain cells, having run out of blood, were now completely deprived of oxygen. But they did not shut down. Not right away...' For Leila, each minute after her death brings a sensuous memory: the taste of spiced goat stew, sacrificed by her father to celebrate the long-awaited birth of a son; the sight of bubbling vats of lemon and sugar which the women use to wax their legs while the men attend mosque; the scent of cardamom coffee that Leila shares with a handsome student in the brothel where she works. Each memory, too, recalls the friends she made at each key moment in her life - friends who are now desperately trying to find her. . .