Elif ShafakElif Shafak (, ; born 25 October 1971) is a Turkish-British novelist, essayist, academic, public speaker, and women's rights activist. When publishing in English, her name is anglicized as 'Elif Shafak'.
Shafak writes in Turkish and English, and has published seventeen books, eleven of which are novels, including ''The Bastard of Istanbul'', ''The Forty Rules of Love,'' and ''Three Daughters of Eve''. Her books have been translated into forty-nine languages, and she has been awarded the prestigious Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
She is an activist for women's rights, minority rights, and freedom of speech. She also writes and speaks about a range of issues including global and cultural politics, the future of Europe, Turkey and the Middle East, democracy, and pluralism. She has twice been a TED Global speaker, a member of the Weforum Global Agenda Council on Creative Economy in Davos and a founding member of European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). In 2017, she was chosen by Politico as one of the twelve people that will "give you a much needed lift of the heart". Provided by Wikipedia
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