„There is a metaphor I like very much in the Koran: it’s a tree called Tuba that’s supposed to have roots up in the air. Sometimes when my nationalist critics accuse me of having no roots, I say I feel like the Tuba tree … My roots are in the air, not in the ground, and when your roots are in the air you can feel connected to more than one country, culture, and identity. I like that flexibility. “

(Elif Shafak, türkische Schriftstellerin)