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The Gaze

Shafak, Elif

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ISBN 10: 0714531219 / ISBN 13: 9780714531212
Published by Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd, 2006
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Title: The Gaze

Publisher: Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Used: Very Good

About this title


“An enchanting combination of compassion and cruelty...Elif Shafak is the best author to come out of Turkey in the last decade.”—Orhan Pamuk

A new title from the author of The Flea Palace, shortlisted for the Independent Prize for Foreign Fiction and chosen for Waterstone’s 2005 Summer Reading promotion.

In her prize-wining novel, The Gaze, Shafak explores the subject of body image and desirability. An overweight woman and her lover, a dwarf, are sick of being stared at wherever they go, and decide to reverse roles. The man goes out wearing make up, and the woman draws a moustache on her face.

The couple deal with the gaze of passers by in different ways. The woman wants to hide away from the world, while the man meets them head on, even compiling his own ‘Dictionary of the Gaze’ to show the powerful effects a simple look can have.

The narrative of The Gaze is intertwined with the dwarf’s dictionary entries and the story of a bizarre freak-show organized in Istanbul in the 1880s as Shafak explores the damage which can be done by our simple desire to look at other people.

About the Author:

Elif Shafak, born 1971 in Strasbourg, spent her teenage years in Spain before returning to Turkey. She is an outstanding name amongst young Turkish authors, and has written four novels and won the Mevlana Prize for the best work in mystical and transcendental literature. She holds a masters degree in Women's Studies and is currently an Assistant professor at Tuscan University, Arizona.

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