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Rana Mitter interviews Turkish novelist Elif Shafak

Turkish novelist Elif Shafak talks to Rana Mitter in an interview from the 2011 Free Thinking Festival at The Sage Gateshead.

The Turkish novelist Elif Shafak talks to Rana Mitter in an interview recorded at last year's Free Thinking Festival in Gateshead.

Shafak is Turkey's best-selling writer. Her award-winning novels such as The Forty Rules of Love have been translated into over thirty languages and deal with the complexities of her country's transformation. Elif Shafak discusses her writing and the challenges facing modern Turkey as the country seeks to join the E.U. and exerts a growing influence over the Middle East.

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