The bestselling Turkish classic of love and loss in a changing world, with a new introduction by David Selim Sayers
'A heart-breaker . . . it has the kind of indefinably powerful impact of The Great Gatsby' Observer
'It is, perhaps, easier to dismiss a man whose face gives no indication of an inner life. And what a pity that is: a dash of curiosity is all it takes to stumble upon treasures we never expected.'
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 miniature masterpiece' The National
'A gorgeously melancholic romance' Irish Times
A tale of young love and disenchantment, of missed opportunities and passion's elusive, flickering flame . . . reminiscent of Turgenev's First Love, with a hero every bit as gauche, and a twist every bit as bitter
The magical novel about a Turkish man who falls in love with an artist in 1920s Berlin ... recreates a vanished era and dramatises a doomed relationship, and does so with verve, depth and poignancy. The result is a miniature masterpiece.
A heart-breaker . . . it has the kind of indefinably powerful impact of The Great Gatsby
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.
Moving and memorable, full of yearning and melancholy ... reading it is like taking a literary minibreak
A gorgeously melancholic romance . . . a cautionary tale certain to beguile
The surprise bestseller ... read, loved and wept over by men and women of all ages