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0120180121

Elif Shafak's tale of two Istanbulite families bound by the same horrific past.

Two families - one Turkish, the other Armenian-American - are bound by the same horrific past. Written by Elif Shafak and dramatised by Hattie Naylor.

One rainy afternoon in Istanbul, a nineteen-year-old, unmarried woman walks into a doctor's surgery. "I need to have an abortion," she announces.

Twenty years later, Asya Kazanci lives with her extended family in Istanbul. All the Kanzanci men die early, victims of a mysterious family curse, so this is a household of women. Among them are Asya's beautiful, rebellious mother Zeliha, her clairvoyant aunt Banu and their eccentric sister Feride, as well as the ageing Petit Ma. They are ruled over by the iron will of matriarch Gulsum.

Into the midst of this madhouse comes Asya's determined American cousin Armanoush, who unknowingly brings with her long-hidden family secrets inextricably linked to Turkey's turbulent past.

Other voices by Murak Erkek, Catriona Stirling and the cast.

Written by Elif Shafak
Dramatised by Hattie Naylor
Music by Gorkem Sen
Sound design by James Morgan and Steve Bond
Executive Producer: Sara Davies

Produced and Directed by Nicolas Jackson

An Afonica production for BBC Radio 4.

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Elif Shafak's tale of two Istanbulite families bound by the same horrific past.

Two families - one Turkish, the other Armenian-American - are bound by the same horrific past. Written by Elif Shafak and dramatised by Hattie Naylor.

One rainy afternoon in Istanbul, a nineteen-year-old, unmarried woman walks into a doctor's surgery. "I need to have an abortion," she announces.

Twenty years later, Asya Kazanci lives with her extended family in Istanbul. All the Kanzanci men die early, victims of a mysterious family curse, so this is a household of women. Among them are Asya's beautiful, rebellious mother Zeliha, her clairvoyant aunt Banu and their eccentric sister Feride, as well as the ageing Petit Ma. They are ruled over by the iron will of matriarch Gulsum.

Into the midst of this madhouse comes Asya's determined American cousin Armanoush, who unknowingly brings with her long-hidden family secrets inextricably linked to Turkey's turbulent past.

Other voices by the cast

Written by Elif Shafak
Dramatised by Hattie Naylor
Music by Gorkem Sen
Sound design by James Morgan and Steve Bond
Executive Producer: Sara Davies

Produced and Directed by Nicolas Jackson

An Afonica production for BBC Radio 4.