“The Island of Lost Trees” is the new book by Elif Safak - Wishevoke

“The Island of Lost Trees” is the new book by Elif Safak

Turkala is a writer Elif Safak signs her new novel, published by Psychogios Publications entitled “The Island of Lost Trees”.

The premise of the book
Two teenagers, a Greek Cypriot and a Turkish Cypriot, meet in a tavern on the island they both call home. In the tavern, hidden behind braids of garlic and rows of hot peppers, under the honeysuckle that climbs the walls, the forbidden love of Kostas and Defne grows. A fig tree courageously climbs through a hole in the roof and this tree witnesses their secret, happy encounters and, at some point, their quiet, secret escape. The tree is there when chaos breaks out, when the capital is reduced to rubble, even when teenagers disappear. Decades later, Kostas returns. He has become a botanist and searches for local varieties, but in reality he is looking for his lost love.

Years later, a fig tree, a Ficus carica, grows in the back garden of a house in London where Ada Kazantzakis lives. The tree is her only connection to an island she has never visited – her only connection to her family’s tormented history and her own complicated identity as she tries to unravel ancient secrets in hopes of finding her place among the people find.

A touching, beautifully written and lovingly structured story about love, separation and overcoming that combines history and ecological awareness: The Island of Lost Trees. is Safak’s best book to date.

Who is Elif Safak?
ELIF SAFAK is an award-winning author of British-Turkish origin. He has published 19 books, 12 of which are novels. Her most recent novel, THE ISLAND OF LOST TREES, was shortlisted for: Costa Award, British Book Awards, RSL Ondaatje Prize and Women’s Prize for Fiction. She is a bestselling author in many countries around the world and her books have been translated into 57 languages. Her novel 10 MINUTES AND 38 SECONDS IN A STRANGE WORLD was shortlisted for the Booker and RSL Ondaatje Prizes and was named Blackwell Book of the Year. Her novel The Forty Rules of Love was included in the BBC’s list of 100 novels that shaped our world. THE APPRENTICE ARCHITECT was chosen by the Duchess of Cornwall as the inaugural book for her reading club, The Reading Room. Safak has a doctorate in political science and has taught at various universities in Turkey, the US and the UK, including St. Anne’s College, Oxford University, where she is a research fellow. He also holds a Doctorate in Humanities from Bard College.

She is a Fellow and Vice-President of the Royal Society of Literature of Great Britain and was named in the BBC’s list of the 100 most influential female role models. He is a founding member of ECFR, the European Council on International Relations. An advocate for women’s rights, the LGBTQ+ community, and freedom of expression, Safak excels in her public speaking (twice TED Global speaker). He writes articles in major publications around the world and has been honored with the Medal of Knight of the Order of Literature and Arts (Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres). In 2017, he was selected by Politico as one of the twelve people who can do it “to contribute to the longed-for elevation of the soul”. Safak has participated as a juror in several literary awards, including the PEN Nabokov Prize, and was chair of the Wellcome Prizes. For her contribution she was awarded the Halldór Laxness International Literary Award “in renewing the art of storytelling.”


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