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Madonna in a Fur Coat

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His least acclaimed novel has become Turkey’s most celebrated love story today because it refuses the traditional gender roles that Turkey’s president seems hell-bent on enforcing, not just in the religious heartlands but also in the cities and towns that have been secularising, and liberalising, for almost a century.

While he was serving as a teacher in Konya, he was arrested for a poem he wrote criticizing Atatürk's policies, and accused of libelling two other journalists. Here he meets the sickly, affectless Raif Bey, who is, we’re told, “the sort of man who causes us to ask ourselves: “What do they live for? She reveals that Maria has died from a sickness nine years ago, and she left a baby girl, whose father was a "Turkish man she refused to name" and leaves.The next day, the narrator goes to Raif's house to give back the notebook and talk, but Raif has died.

Madonna in a Fur Coat' is a pure definition of 'melancholy' and yearning for missed opportunities in life. Born in 1907 in what is now Bulgaria but was then part of the crumbling Ottoman empire, he, too, went to Berlin as a young man, and his 18 months there turned him into a freethinking man. Publication dates are subject to change (although this is an extremely uncommon occurrence overall). After proving his allegiance to Atatürk by writing the poem "Benim Aşkım" (literally: My Love or My Passion), he was assigned to the publications division at the Ministry of National Education.

During last year’s election campaign, he went so far as to accuse Turkey’s LGBT community as being in league with Armenians, Kurds, and the hostile foreign powers that funded them. Even those who greatly admired the other works of Sabahattin Ali viewed this one as a puzzling aberration.

Madonna in A Fur Coat, first published in 1943, is his best loved work and a touchstone of Turkish literary culture which continues to resonate profoundly with readers young and old today.Reading the description of the book along with the reviews I thought it would be a good book but my god what a dull book!

While he works in his olive fields, his only source of joy is Maria's letters, until one day the letters stop coming.the story conveyns the depth and complexity of human mind and feelings, mystery of love, doubts and loneliness. After his release, he moved on to a job in the city of Konya, to be imprisoned again, after having been found guilty of reciting a poem critical of Ataturk. He thinks that if even his Maria was going to betray him, then not another person on this Earth is worth his trust and alienizes himself from the society. When he finally reaches Turkey, he sees that his brother-in-laws have claimed a big portion of the inheritance. The narrator picks up the notebook, reads a few sentences and asks Raif if he can borrow it for a day.

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