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Elif Shafak: “I am huge fan of Gothic metal”

The writer on her memories of childhood, the fight against populism—and why she writes to metal

By Prospect Team   July 2019

What is the first news event you can recall?

I was born in Strasbourg and then I moved to Ankara as a child. This was a time of extreme political violence in Turkey and I remember listening to the radio in my grandma’s house, hearing news of bombs exploding on the streets, police arresting students. Meanwhile, grandma’s house was full of folk tales and fortune-telling—a surreal, spiritual, irrational world. That contrast between the political world outside the…

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