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Madonna in a Fur Coat: A Novel

Madonna in a Fur Coat: A Novel

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Author: Ali, Sabahattin

Brand: Other Press

Edition: Translation

Number Of Pages: 208

Release Date: 07-11-2017

Details: Product Description Available in English for the first time, this best-selling Turkish classic of love and alienation in a changing world captures the vibrancy of interwar Berlin.   A shy young man leaves his home in rural Turkey to learn a trade and discover life in 1920s Berlin. There, amidst the city’s bustling streets, elegant museums, passionate politics, and infamous cabarets, a chance meeting with a beautiful half-Jewish artist transforms him forever. Caught between his desire for freedom from tradition and his yearning to belong, he struggles to hold on to the new life he has found with the woman he loves.   Emotionally powerful, intensely atmospheric, and touchingly profound, Madonna in a Fur Coat is an unforgettable novel about new beginnings, the relentless pull of family ties, and the unfathomable nature of the human soul. First published in 1943, this novel, with its quiet yet insistent defiance of social norms, has been topping best-seller lists in Turkey since 2013. Review INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER “[Madonna in a Fur Coat] shows that the doors to freedom slam quickly, but are only opened by courage, nonconformity, and love.”  —Molly Crabapple, New York Times Book Review “[A] profound, moving meditation on love and loss…. ‘It is read, loved and wept over by men and women of all ages, but most of all by young adults,’ writes Maureen Freely, who, with Alexander Dawe, has produced this stylish English translation now coming to the United States. ‘And no one seems able to explain why.... Though writing more than 70 years ago in a country where traditional sexual morality reigned, Ali casts his lovers’ relationship in strikingly modern terms.’”  —Washington Post “…captures the vibrancy of interwar Berlin through the story of a young man who leaves his rural village for the big city.”  —New York Times Book Review “This emotional Turkish classic reminds us to always treasure those we hold dear….poignant…. Sabahattin Ali tells a passionate tale of emotional isolation, newfound intimacy, and the gut-wrenching intensity of love and loss. Ali expertly weaves a tragic story of loneliness, love, and grief, giving us a glimpse of spiritual isolation. Readers are pulled into the monotonous and lonely life of Raif Efendi, where they are sure to experience his acute alienation, his happiness upon finding a person who understands him so completely, and the pain and resentment caused by an ironic misunderstanding. This classic tale causes us to examine what our own lives would be like without the people we cherish .”  —Washington Independent Review of Books “A poignant coming-of-age tale, drenched in disillusionment. The gap between hope and reality, art and ordinary life, has been explored in many other novels, but rarely with the unaffected simplicity of Madonna in a Fur Coat ...The translation by Maureen Freely and Alexander Dawe is crisp, capturing Ali’s directness and clarity of language.” — Times Literary Supplement “Three quarters of a century after it was written  Madonna in a Fur Coat by Sabahattin Ali feels both dated and timeless; dated because strong, independent women are no longer a rarity and contemporary gender roles are more fluid, and timeless as the ideal of a love without ulterior motives, the theme of missed opportunities, and the psychology of the principle characters—all of which are conveyed in crisp contemporary English by translators Maureen Freely and Alexander Dawe…. Madonna in a Fur Coat is an enjoyable read. During the Cold War it was popular behind the Iron Curtain, and now that western countries are beginning to resemble Weimar Germany it should resonate here as well.” —New York Journal of Books  “Sabahattin Ali's heartbreaking novel  Madonna in a Fur Coat spins a beguiling love story…. With perceptiveness and compassion, Ali depicts the sexual politics of the time and the heady tension between his male and female characters. "Why is it that even in the way you beg, there is dominance, an

EAN: 9781590518809

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

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