free your soul
Recently I read another book of the turkish writer Eli Shafak. I liked her book “The bastard of Istanbul” and also “The palace of fleas”. The last I read is called “Black milk”. It’s the real story of the writer: she married without planning it, one day in Berlin Embassy, because of love. And after 2 years, when she was teaching in Arizona and often travelling to visit her husband and friends in Istanbul, she discovered she was pregnant.
Before the delivering she had to go to Court because someone sued her for something she wrote about armenians, in her previous book, so she was really stressed. After the birth, the couple rented a little house in a turkish island, where she could relax, feed the baby and write. But she couldn’t breastfeed and neither write, so she became very desperate..
The story starts on a boat going back from the Princes Island to Istanbul; she seats close to a fat woman with 2 children, woman that later she discovers pregnant and to a man who borrows her some paper to write her Singles Manifesto.The papers he borrows have a mark on the top: the name of a company making things for babies and new-mothers. Later she met the big woman writer miss Adalet Agaoglu and they start discussing if it’s possible for women writers to be good mothers. The question is very important for Eli because she identifies herself just as a writer.
To discuss about the issue, she call her little women living in her head. She tells us that she could hear 6 voices speaking alltogether inside her mind: the first she introduce to us is called Lady Efficiency. The second is Lady Dervish. The third is a Ambitious Stakhanovite in Checov’s style… to be continued…