In Turkey fictional characters can land up in real courts
Elif Shafak’s latest — 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World — is already being attacked by trolls and bots
Tequila Leila is a character in a novel, an imagined girl from a conservative family in eastern Turkey who escapes the tyranny of her family only to lose herself to the sordid world of Istanbul prostitution.
Don’t be surprised if, one day, Leila is brought to life and put on trial by the Turkish authorities. In Turkey’s assault on freedom of thought, fiction and reality can overlap at times to produce surreal outcomes.