10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World

by Elif Shafak

  • ISBN: 9780241293874
  • SKU: 2030301006566

What if, after the moment of death, the human mind continues to work for a few more precious minutes? Ten minutes, thirty-eight seconds exactly...

For Leila, each minute after her death brings a sensuous memory: the taste of spiced goat stew, the goat sacrificed by her father to celebrate the long-awaited birth of a son; the sight of bubbling vats of lemon and sugar which the women use to wax their legs while the men attend mosque; the scent of cardamom coffee that Leila shares with a handsome student in the brothel where she works. Each memory, too, recalls the friends she made at each key moment in her life — friends who are now desperately trying to find her...

‘Shafak is passionately interested in dissolving barriers, whether of race, nationality, culture, gender, geography or a more mystical kind’


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