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The Flea Palace (2002)
by Elif ┼×afak
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ÔÇťShe has a particular genius for depicting backstreet Istanbul, where the myriad cultures of the Ottoman Empire are still in tangled evidence on every family tree.ÔÇŁÔÇöThe New York Times Book Review
Set within a once-stately apartment block in Istanbul, The Flea Palace tells the story of Bonbon Palace, built by Russian noble ├ęmigr├ę Pavel Antipov for his wife Agripina at the end of the Tsarist reign. It is now sadly dilapidated, flea-infested, and home to ten very different individuals and their families. Elif Shafak gives us a birdÔÇÖs-eye insight into each apartment, and we see their comic and tragic lives unfold.
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A stately residence in Istanbul, now home to ten families, is a metaphoric conduit for the cultural and spiritual decay in the heart of the city.
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