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Madonna in a Fur Coat (Hardback)Sabahattin Ali (author)
"It's prose sparkles with the friction between eastern conservatism and western decadence" Financial Times
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 275 g
Dimensions: 204 x 138 x 20 mm
Its prose sparkles with the friction between eastern conservatism and western decadence. This is above all a tale of young love and disenchantment, of missed opportunities and passion's elusive, flickering flame . . . a little reminiscent of Turgenev's First Love, with a hero every bit as gauche, and a twist every bit as bitter. -- Toby Lichtig * Financial Times *
A gorgeously melancholic romance . . . a cautionary tale certain to beguile. -- Eileen Battersby * The Irish Times *
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 dramatises a doomed relationship, and does so with verve, depth and poignancy. The result is a miniature masterpiece. -- Malcolm Forbes * The National *
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