In Conversation with Elif Shafak
The novel tells the story of sex worker Tequila Leila, reflecting on her life in the moments after her brutal murder. The narrative offers an intricate, profound and often moving account of the lives of Leila and her five cherished outcast friends. Like many of her other novels, its themes include violence against women, the massacre of Armenians, and the erosion of secularism and rise of religious sects in Turkey.
As well as writing fiction, Shafak writes and speaks about international politics, far-right populism, pluralism and democracy. She is an outspoken critic of the Turkish government, and a passionate champion of women’s rights and free speech. Last year her novels became a target for “crimes of obscenity”; fearing arrest, Shafak has since been living in self-imposed exile in London.
Join her in conversation with Guardian and Observer senior foreign correspondent, Emma Graham-Harrison.
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