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A Room for Rumi

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Bestselling author, essayist and academic Elif Shafak will bring to life the core teachings of 13th-century Persian poet and Sufi master Rumi through her renowned book, The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi. The book juxtaposes the modern love story of a Sufi and a housewife with the historical relationship between Rumi and Shams Tabrizi.

Elif Shafak is one of today’s most influential international writers and intellectuals who straddle East and West. She has written ten novels including The Architect’s Apprentice and The Bastard of Istanbul, and is the most widely read female writer in Turkey. Her work has been translated into over forty languages. She is also a public speaker, a women’s and LGBT rights activist and a commentator who regularly contributes to world publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel and La Repubblica.

Rumi’s influence transcends national borders and ethnic divisions. His works are written mostly in Persian, but occasionally he also used Turkish, Arabic, and Greek. His poems have sold millions of copies of in recent years, making him the most popular poet in the US. From existential angst to love, sex and loneliness, from belonging at physical and spiritual levels to morality and religion, contradictory human emotions and impulses – he leaves no stone unturned.

A book signing and drinks reception will follow.

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General: £10, Concessions: £8, Asia House Arts Members: £5

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May 11, 2017
18:45 - 20:00
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63 New Cavendish St W1G 7LP United Kingdom
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