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PEN talks to Elif Shafak, recently acquitted of charges of “insulting Turkishness” in Turkey. Under Turkey’s laws, at least eighteen other authors are awaiting trial for “insult.” (via the excellent KR Blog). In English-translation, from Elif, we have The Flea Palace and The Gaze (both from Marion Boyars; both soon to be reviewed here) and The Saint of Incipient Insanities (from FSG). Next year, the book that caused the recent fuss, The Bastard of Istanbul, is out in the UK, in April (with Penguin imprint Viking). Congratulations too are due: Elif gave birth to Shererazade Zelfa the Saturday before last. Wonderful news!

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