Madonna in a Fur Coat by Sabahattin Ali

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Without walls, love has no borders

The pain of losing something precious can be forgotten over time. But our missed opportunities never leave us, and every time they come back to haunt us, we ache.

To celebrate the February paperback publication of Madonna in a Fur Coat by Sabahattin Ali, Penguin Modern Classics are offering 10 reading groups the opportunity to read and review this internationally renowned bestseller. Each member of the reading group will also be given the opportunity to recommend the book to one lucky friend, who will receive a copy as a gift from Penguin Modern Classics.

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About Madonna in a Fur Coat

A shy young man leaves his home in rural Turkey to learn a trade and discover life in 1920s Berlin. There, amid the city’s bustling streets, elegant museums, passionate politics and seedy cabarets, a chance meeting transforms his life forever. Caught between his desire for freedom and his yearning to belong, he struggles to hold on to the new life he has found.

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.

Find out more here.

About the author

Sabahattin Ali (1907-1948) was one of the most powerful and effective Turkish authors of the 20th century, recognised by many as the father of Modernist Turkish Literature and seen as a resistance icon in the face of Turkish press censorship today.

Madonna in a Fur Coat was originally published in 1943 and has now been translated into 17 languages. It has been a bestseller in Turkey and was crowned as the most borrowed book in Turkish libraries in 2015. A recent study revealed Madonna in a Fur Coat as the most searched book on the internet in Turkey.


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