Elif Shafak

My Last 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World (Two Works), 2018-2019

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A4 paper
11.7 x 8.3 in (29.7 x 21.0 cm)
Signed on verso


This work ships from athens, GR.


Original manuscript signed by the author. First page of her upcoming novel to be published by Penguin/ Random House in June 2019. This novel focuses on the life and death of a prostitute in Istanbul. Her name is Tequila Leila. Killed brutally, left in a garbage can on the outskirts of the city, in the opening page we the readers see her waiting to be found as the sun rises over the minarets and rooftops. Even though Leila is dead, her mind is still working and will continue to function for the next 10 MINUTES 38 SECONDS, during which time she will tell us her remarkable story. “The End” is the beginning of the story. The book is dedicated "To the women of Istanbul / and to the city of Istanbul, which is, and has always been, a she-city"

A map of the city of Istanbul with all the places where Tequila Leila has lived. Designed by Emir Vahedi for DoganKitap.

1. Bosphorus Bridge
2. The Street of Brothels
3. Galata Tower
4. A synagogue
5. Saint Antoine Church
6. Istiklal Street
7. Taksim Square
8. The InterContinental Hotel
9. The Street of Cauldron Makers
10. Golden Horn
11. Cemetery of the Companionless
12. Mevlevi/ Sufi dervishes lodge

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