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After the birth of her first child in Turkish writer Elif Shafek suffered from postpartum depression that triggered a profound personal crisis Infused with guilt anxiety and bewilderment about whether she could ever be a good mother Shafak stopped writing and lost her faith in words altogether In this elegantly written memoir she retraces her journey from free spirited nomadic artist to dedicated by emotionally wrought mother Identifying a constantly bickering harem of women who live inside of her each with her own characteristics the cynical intellectual the goal oriented go getter the practical rational the spiritual the maternal and the lustful she craves harmony or at least a unifying identity As she intersperses her own experience with the lives of prominent authors such as Sylvia Plath Virginia Woolf Alice Walker Ayn Rand and Zelda Fitzgerald Shafak looks for a solution to the inherent conflict between artistic creation and responsible parenting .

With searing emotional honesty and an incisive examination of cultural mores within patriarchal societies Shafak has rendered an important work about literature motherhood and spiritual well being by Elif Shafak, Hande Zapsu Watt

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Black Milk: On Writing, Motherhood, and the Harem Within
Title:Black Milk: On Writing, Motherhood, and the Harem Within
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Category:turkish-literature, biography, turkish, non-fiction, autobiography
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