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Recommended books (6)
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the Read Around Asia Challenge were written by authors from Turkey. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

1.

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak EN

Rating: 4     18 Votes
Country: Asia / Turkey flag Turkey
Description:
'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 . . . ' Our brains stay active for ten minutes after our heart stops beating. For Tequila Leila, each minute brings with it a new memory- growing up with her father and his two wives in a grand old house in a quiet Turkish town; watching the women gossip and wax their legs while the men went to mosque; sneaking cigarettes and Wes... continue
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Recommended: 27 Jun 2022

2.

Last Train to Istanbul by Ay┼če Kulin EN

Rating: 3.5     13 Votes
Country: Asia / Turkey flag Turkey
Description:
Traditional Chinese edition of Last Train to Istanbul (Original Turkish title: Nefes Nefese). Disowned by their families, the last of the royal of the Ottoman Empire and a Jewish man married and went to live in France right before WWII. The historical novel is based on a true story and highlights the courageous effort by Turkish diplomats who saved the lives of hundreds of Jews caught in Nazi occupied France. In Chinese. Distributed by Tsai Fong Books, Inc.
Recommended: 02 Sep 2022

3.

My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk EN

Rating: 3.5     64 Votes
Country: Europe / Turkey flag Turkey
Description:
** PRE-ORDER NIGHTS OF PLAGUE, THE NEW NOVEL FROM ORHAN PAMUK ** Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature Winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Award 'Wonderful' The Spectator 'Magnificent' Observer 'Sumptuous' New Yorker 'Unforgettable' Guardian My Name is Red is an unforgettable murder mystery, set amid the splendour of sixteenth century Istanbul, from the Nobel prizewinning author In the late 1590s, the Sultan secretly commissions a great book: a celebration of his life and his empire, to be illuminated by the best artists of the day - in the European manner. At a time of violent fundame... continue
Recommended: 07 Sep 2022

4.

Snow by Orhan Pamuk EN

Rating: 2.5     6 Votes
Country: Asia / Turkey flag Turkey
Description:
After years of lonely political exile, Turkish poet Ka returns to Istanbul to attend his mother's funeral and learns about a series of suicides among pious girls forbidden to wear headscarves.
Recommended: 09 Apr 2022

5.

The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak EN

Rating: 3.5     35 Votes
Country: Asia / Turkey flag Turkey
Description:
A second English-language tale by the author of The Saint of Incipient Insanities finds Turkish teen Asya coming of age under the wing of her tattoo-parlor owner mother and her three aunts, befriending a cousin from America, and discovering a secret that links her family to the 1915 Armenian deportations and massacres.
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Recommended: 25 May 2022

6.

Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Safak EN

Rating: 4.5     4 Votes
Country: Asia / Turkey flag Turkey
Description:
*As mentioned on BBC's Desert Island Discs* 'A fascinating exploration of faith and friendship, rich and poor, and the devastating clash of tradition and modernity' Independent Set across Istanbul and Oxford, from the 1980s to the present day, Three Daughters of Eve is a sweeping tale of faith and friendship, tradition and modernity, love and an unexpected betrayal. Peri, a wealthy Turkish housewife, is on her way to a dinner party at a seaside mansion in Istanbul when a beggar snatches her handbag. As she wrestles to get it back, a photograph falls to the ground - an old polaroid of three you... continue
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Recommended: 23 Feb 2018


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