Volume 12, Number 24
11 April 2006

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Novelist Elif řafak Shares Insights into Literature

In her lecture at Bilkent, Dr. řafak talked about the novels she has written to date. Her first novel, "Pinhan," was awarded the Rumi Prize, given to outstanding works of mystical/transcendental literature. Her second novel was "The Mirrors of the City," and her third, "Mahrem," was also a prize-winning work, receiving the Turkish Novel Award. Her fourth book was entitled "The Flea Palace," and her fifth, which was written in English, "The Saint of Incipient Insanities." Her latest novel is "Baba ve PiÁ."

Dr. řafak also gave her listeners some insights into the way she writes. She said that she likes taking risks while writing, and sometimes lets the characters surprise her. She said she learned from "Mahrem" that "you can never be the master of your work," explaining that she "hadn't planned such a dramatic ending" for the story. Following her talk, the author took many questions from the audience members who asked about topics such as the role of women in society, female-male equality and the use of language, including Ottoman Turkish.


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