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Maureen Freely

USA (1952 - )

Maureen Freely is a U.S. journalist, novelist, translator and teacher. Born in Neptune, New Jersey, she grew up in Turkey and now lives in England, where she lectures at the University of Warwick and is a regular contributor to several London broadsheets. Among her novels is The Life of the Party, set in Turkey. She has also written The Other Rebecca, a contemporary version of Daphne du Maurier's classic novel Rebecca.

Her name has become well known to many as the English translator of Orhan Pamuk's recent novels (including Snow). She works closely with Pamuk on these translations, because they often serve as the basis when his work is translated into other languages. They were both educated simultaneously at Robert College in Istanbul, although they did not know each another at the time.
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Songs My Mother Never Taught Me (2008)
Selçuk Altun
"Altun offers us three delights for the price of one: a brilliantly edgy, witty thriller that rivals Highsmith; a metaphysical puzzle that Borges would be proud to call his own; and a tale of two assassins that conveys, better than any other novel I have read, the way that money talks in Istanbul."

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