I WILL LIVE

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Author: Lale Gul

Category: Fiction & related items

Book Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Virago

ISBN: 9781408716816

RRP: $34.99

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Busra is living a double life. At home she and her mother fight about everything – about Busra coming home late, about her not being home when relatives stop by, about how much freedom her brother Halil enjoys in comparison to her, and most of all, about what she wears.

But out in the world, everything is different. Busra is studying Dutch literature at university, and she reads everything she can get her hands on. She works at a restaurant, where she wears her tight dresses and serves alcohol. And her biggest secret of all: she has a boyfriend, and she is passionately and sinfully in love with him.

I Will Live is a bold, fiery and devastating novel about a young woman’s struggle for freedom. By turns tender, furious, sexy, philosophical and probing, it is a rallying cry against patriarchal injustice, and a tribute to independent thought and courage.

Lale Gul was born in 1997 in Amsterdam and is a writer and columnist for the Dutch newspaper Het Parool. Until the age of seventeen, she attended a Koranic school run by the Milli Gorus Foundation at the weekends, then studied Dutch Language and Literature at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Her autobiographical debut novel I Will Live has sold over 325,000 copies in the Netherlands and she has won numerous prizes, including the NS Publieksprijs, the Euregio Literature Prize, the Pim Fortuyn Prize and Dutchman of the Year.

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