Elif Shafak on Turkey’s diagnosis of novelists – books podcast

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On this week’s show, Claire talks to Turkish author Elif Shafak about 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World, her new, Booker prize-longlisted novel, that tells a story of a murdered sex workman in Istanbul in a evident issue of her death.

Three months ago, Shafak was placed underneath review by Turkish prosecutors, along with a series of other writers, confronting allegations that her work condoned child abuse and passionate violence. It isn’t a initial time she has depressed tainted of a censors: in 2006, she was attempted and clear for “insulting Turkishness” after prosecutors beheld a impression in her novel The Bastard of Istanbul referred to a electrocute of Armenians in a initial universe fight as genocide.

Campaigners around a universe have cursed a latest investigations as a critical hazard to giveaway debate in Turkey, and Shafak now lives in London. Claire, Sian and Richard plead a novel of writers in outcast around a world.

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10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak (Viking)

Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/The Guardian

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