Dubbed ‘one of the best writers in the world today’ by author Hanif Kureishi, novelist Elif Shafak has produced a work of great power and beauty.
Sex worker Leila is dying, her body abandoned in a rubbish dump. In the last ten minutes 38 seconds of her life she recollects precious memories: spiced goat stew; bubbling vats of lemon and sugar; the cardamom coffee she shares with a handsome student in the brothel where she works. Each fading memory evokes her bittersweet life.
Elif discusses worlds fictionalised and real with Sam Leith.
Elif Shafak is the most widely read female writer in Turkey. Her work has been translated into over 40 languages. 10 Minutes, 38 Seconds in This Strange World was nominated for the Booker Prize.
Sam Leith is literary editor at The Spectator, a columnist at the FT, the Evening Standard and Prospect, and his work appears regularly in The Guardian, The Times and the TLS among others.