Black Milk: On Writing, Motherhood, and the Harem Within by Elif Shafak

By Elif Shafak

An acclaimed Turkish novelist's own account of balancing a writer's lifestyles with a mother's existence.

After the start of her first baby in 2006, Turkish author Elif Shafek suffered from postpartum melancholy that brought on a profound own situation. Infused with guilt, nervousness, and bewilderment approximately even if she might ever be an outstanding mom, Shafak stopped writing and misplaced her religion in phrases altogether. during this elegantly written memoir, she retraces her trip from free-spirited, nomadic artist to committed through emotionally wrought mom. picking out a continuously bickering harem of ladies who dwell inside her, each one together with her personal characteristics-the cynical highbrow, the goal-oriented go-getter, the practical-rational, the religious, the maternal, and the lustful-she craves concord, or at the very least a unifying identification. As she intersperses her personal adventure with the lives of admired authors equivalent to Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, Alice Walker, Ayn Rand, and Zelda Fitzgerald, Shafak appears to be like for an answer to the inherent clash among creative production and dependable parenting.

With searing emotional honesty and an incisive exam of cultural mores inside patriarchal societies, Shafak has rendered a big paintings approximately literature, motherhood, and religious overall healthiness.

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I remember the tahona, the enormous mill or wheel to grind coffee, a stone weighing several tons. It must have taken God and his Apostles to climb the hills of Río Negro with the wheel on muleback. The Hacienda was a mythical place for Mother. She had spent long periods of time there as a little girl. But the house lost its charm when don Andrés Grillasca, Ponce’s mayor, bought it. They say that Luis Muñoz Marín joined his drinking buddies there for a good time. Don Ton Ton also owned Hacienda Albina in the valley of Lajas.

They all looked alike. They had the same long neck, Greek nose, and a strange way of walking as if gliding on water. The people of Mayagüez called my grandfather the Zeus of Guanajibo Abajo, father of the eight Ledas from Olympus. But the swans had their grotesque counterparts in the half dozen gaggling geese that grazed around the house. The ferocious geese attacked any unsuspecting stranger that inadvertently entered the garden, running after him, their orange maws wide open. Rosario Ferré 47 A wall more than twelve feet high surrounded the four acres of land and separated the house from the terrible reality of Puerto Rico at the time.

He was 24 years old and a native of Corsica from the rural Sisco peninsula. He married Monserrate Martínez, daughter of a landowner from the town of Peñuelas. I discovered Estéfano’s story after a visit with the architect Enrique Vivoni, who was director of the School of Architecture at UPR. Enrique was in Corsica and did research on the houses of Puerto Rican Corsicans there. During his stay on Corsica he discovered some letters containing Estéfano’s tragic story. I have a copy of those documents as well as his order of imprisonment.

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