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Analysis of a Speech by Elif Şafak

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Elif Şafak (pronounced “Shafak”) is an award-winning Turkish novelist and the most widely read woman writer in Turkey. Writing in both Turkish and English, she has published nine books, seven of which are novels. Şafak’s books have been translated into more than 25 languages.

I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that before coming across her wonderful TED Talk, I was only vaguely familiar with Şafak from a short book review that I had read about one of her novels, The Bastard of Istanbul. After listening to her presentation, however, I have made a note to pick up one of her books. She was utterly captivating.

See if you agree and then we’ll look at her presentation more closely.


Why is this such a good talk? Here are some of the reasons from my perspective:

So how could ElifŞafak make an excellent talk even better? I have a few suggestions:

But all in all, a terrific talk and one that was relished by the audience as is evident from the times that the camera panned across the room.

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