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10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World

Author(s): Elif Shafak

Location(s): Istanbul (Constantinople)

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern

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‘Haunting, moving, beautifully written – and based by an extraordinary cast of characters who capture the diversity of modern Turkey. A masterpiece’ Peter Frankopan

‘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. . .

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Leila is a prostitute in Istanbul. She is brutally murdered and thrown into a waste bin. Her body stops functioning, but her brain keeps going for the 10 minutes and 38 seconds of the...

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