Summary and reviews of The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak, plus links to a book excerpt from The Bastard of Istanbul and author biography of Elif Shafak. An astonishingly rich and lively story of an Istanbul family whose mixed up heritage mirrors the complexity of Turkish society. 'Whatever falls from the sky above, thou shall not curse it.' Elif Shafak on abortions in Istanbul in Granta War Zones. Twenty years later, Asya Kazanci lives with her extended family in Istanbul. Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist and the most widely read. The Bastard of Istanbul is a novel by Turkish bestselling author Elif Şafak, written "Review: The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak". The Guardian.