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Madonna in a Fur Coat

Fiction: Historical
Unabridged   6.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 11/07/2017

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Madonna in a Fur Coat

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681686035
Digital Download ISBN:9781681686042


The bestselling Turkish classic of love and longing in a changing world. Madonna in a Fur Coat is an unforgettable novel about new beginnings and the unfathomable nature of the human soul.

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Product Description

A shy young man leaves his home in rural Turkey to learn a trade in 1920s Berlin. The city's crowded streets, thriving arts scene, passionate politics and seedy cabarets provide the backdrop for a chance meeting with a woman, which will haunt him for the rest of his life. Emotionally powerful, intensely atmospheric and touchingly profound, Madonna in a Fur Coat is an unforgettable novel about new beginnings and the unfathomable nature of the human soul.


“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.” —William Armstrong, Times Literary Supplement

“Offsets inter-war Berlin’s decadent dazzle with bouts of shade, murk and melancholy . . . recreates a vanished era and dramatizes a doomed relationship, and does so with verve, depth and poignancy. The result is a miniature masterpiece.” —Malcolm Forbes, The National

“A gorgeously melancholic romance . . . a cautionary tale certain to beguile.” —Eileen Battersby, The Irish Times

"The surprise bestseller…Read, loved and wept over by men and women of all ages."—Guardian

"A rare point of common cultural experience for a deeply polarized country." —New York Times

Author Bio

Sabahattin Ali was born in 1907 in the Ottoman town of Egridere (now Ardino in southern Bulgaria) and was killed on the Bulgarian border in 1948 as he attempted to leave Turkey. A teacher, writer, and journalist, he owned and edited a popular newspaper called Marko Pasa and was imprisoned twice for his political views.