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Madonna in a Fur Coat

Madonna in a Fur Coat

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In one of her last letters, Maria says she has got a surprise that she will reveal when they see each other face to face. Hardly a day passes without his saying what a woman should be, and what a man – a real man – should do to keep her in her place. Told that he would never again find work as a teacher unless he was able to prove that he had changed his thinking, he published a poem in praise of Ataturk, entitled “My Love”. In his last letter to his wife, he boasted that the next time she heard from him, he would be writing from Italy, France or England.

But there is also a notebook, hidden in his desk drawer at work, which he asks his friend to destroy. One evening, he wanders into an exhibition of contemporary art to be mesmerised by a portrait of a Madonna in a fur coat.

Maria too decides to leave Berlin to live with her mother in Prague, until Raif settles in Turkey and invites her to live with him. 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? 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.

Some of the data that are collected include the number of visitors, their source, and the pages they visit anonymously. Hotjar sets this cookie to know whether a user is included in the data sampling defined by the site's daily session limit. Mocked by shallow juniors at work and derided by many members of his family, he barely seems to exist. Yet, I wanted to keep the experience of reading it within me for a little longer, cocooned in the notion that it was meant just to be mine.

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 . She has published seven novels and numerous translations of twentieth century Turkish classics and contemporary authors including five books by the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Orhan Pamuk. 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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