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10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World - Elif Shafak

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World - Elif Shafak
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Title: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World

Author:  Elif Shafak

ISBN:  9780241293867

Weight:  647g

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10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak

‘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…’

For Leila, each minute after her death brings a sensuous memory: the taste of spiced goat stew, sacrificed by her father to celebrate the long-awaited birth of a son; the sight of bubbling vats of lemon and sugar which the women use to wax their legs while the men attend mosque; the scent of cardamom coffee that Leila shares with a handsome student in the brothel where she works.  Each memory, too, recalls the friends she made at each key moment in her life – friends who are now desperately trying to find her…

Peer & Press Reviews

Elif Shafak’s extraordinary Ten Minutes, 38 Seconds in this Strange World is a work of brutal beauty and consummate tenderness, a wild shout of life from out of the lower depths of destitution and prostitution, indeed from beyond the grave itself.  Every page throbs with unruly vitality, the sense-saturating colours scents and sounds of raw Istanbul, all registered with poetic sharpness.  It’s a book which for all its ordeals is a profoundly moving, at times lyrical, celebration of humanity’s obstinate fight for life against the steepest of odds.

Simon Schama, historian and broadcaster

A rich, sensual novel…  This is a novel that gives voice to the invisible, the untouchable, the abused and the damaged, weaving their painful songs into a thing of beauty.

Francesca Segal, Financial Times

A vivid carnival of life and death, cruelty and kindness, love, politics and deep humanity.  This is only possible in the hands of a consummate storyteller.  Elif Shafak’s lyrical command of language and narrative is breathtaking.  Brilliant!

Helena Kennedy, Scottish barrister and broadcaster

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Title10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World
Author
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
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Jacket noteThis is a first state jacket; that is, there is no reference to the title’s Booker Prize nomination.
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the signature page, tipped-in directly before the half title page.
Awards and Media
Awards and prizesBooker Prize 2019 – longlist
Book Stats
PublisherPenguin Random House
ImprintViking
Publication date
Printed byClays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 139780241293867
ISBN 100241293863
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Pages306
Size (h x w x d)205 x 136 x 29mm

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