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Her gün daima öğleden sonra oraya gidiyor koridorlardaki resimlere bakıyormuş gibi ağır ağır fakat büyük bir sabırsızlıkla asıl hedefine varmak isteyen adımlarımı zorla zapt ederek geziniyor rastgele gözüme çarpmış gibi önünde durduğum Kürk Mantolu Madonnayı seyre dalıyor ta kapılar kapanıncaya kadar orada bekliyordumKimi tutkular rehberimiz olur yaşam boyunca Kollarıyla bizi sarar Sorgulamadan peşlerinden gideriz ve hiç pişman olmayacağımızı biliriz Yapıtlarında insanların görünmeyen yüzlerini ortaya çıkaran Sabahattin Ali bu kitabında güçlü bir tutkunun resmini çiziyor Düzenin sildiği kişiliklere yaşamın uçuculuğuna ve aşkın olanaksızlığına dair yanıtlanması zor sorular soruyor


10 thoughts on “Kürk Mantolu Madonna

  1. says:

    Madonna in a Fur Coat by Sabahattin Ali is considered one of the foremost Turkish classics of the 20th century Written in 1941 and describing how both Germany and Turkey had changed following the Great War this classic is now available in English for the first time Using the life of a translation clerk named Raif Efendi as a metaphor to show how the world has changed Ali delivers a hidden gem of a classic to western readers Our story begins as a narrator in search of work finds employment as a clerk in the same office as Raif Efendi Noticing that Efendi is often out ill his colleague offers to bring him his work to his home The two develop a rapport but then Efendi's health takes a turn for the worse and he asks the narrator to collect his personal items from his desk One of these items is a black leather bound notebook that piues the narrator's curiosity and Efendi allows him to read it It is in the pages of the notebook that the bulk of the story takes place As a young man in Istanbul Raif Efendi desires to see Europe in order to improve himself as an artist His father finances a trip to Berlin and Efendi stays there in a hostel for two years While there he masters the German language and witnesses how the young people are without a care in the world living their lives jubilantly during the years between the two wars Immediately Efendi passes his time at the art museum and is enraptured by a painting entitled Madonna in a Fur Coat Eventually he befriends the artist a woman named Maria Puder who lives a life of contradictions and despite their cultural differences become the love of their early lives Ali's prose is charming as he writes of missed opportunities of a love that might have been I have read a number of European classics from this era this year and have noticed a theme of wistfulness of missing out on opportunities especially with love and of reminiscing of a life gone by Ali's Turkish classic fits in this mold nicely as he writes of the interwar years and how people's expectations have changed and then returns to Raif Efendi contemplating what might have been in his life Madonna in a Fur Coat is a story of missed opportunity It is a short novel of lovely prose and I enjoyed my brief journey to Turkey reading about Raif Efendi Sabahattin Ali is considered the leading Turkish writer of the 20th century but unfortunately he was murdered in 1948 Madonna remains his leading classic and it can now be enjoyed by western audiences As the world becomes smaller and works from all over the world become available to read there is no limit to the number of classics that are being uncovered I though Madonna in a Fur Coat measures up to other classics in its era and rate it 4 stars


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    I was staggered to learn that when released in 1943 Sabahattin Ali's achingly heartfelt novel made no impression whatsoever Even Decades later when 'Madonna in a Fur coat' was passed around between family and friends it's position continued to be ignored by the literary world seen by some as nothing than a puzzling aberration a book easily weep over without any solid substance to back it up I disagree It may just be a simply told love story drenched in melancholy but it must be doing something right in Turkey for example outselling Orhan Pamuk in recent years A book popular now with young adults apparently and no one seems able to explain uite why One theory is that Ali’s own biography makes his novel relevant to a new Turkish generation coping with the repressive rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan The novelist was a communist jailed repeatedly by the authoritarian Turkish regime of his day which may also have had a hand in his murder in 1948 Whatever the case I myself have fallen for it It's a tale of star crossed lovers Raif and Maria in Berlin but the story first begins in 1930s Ankara the Turkish Republic’s newly appointed capital The narrator who has fallen on hard times starts work as a clerk and it's here he meets the sickly uiet and affectless Raif Bey who is the sort of person who ponders on uestions like What compels me to go on living? What else is there in life? When at last they make friends it becomes clear that Raif’s reason for living does not lie with his family Living under one roof with many members of his family he is looked on with contempt and yet he welcomes their derision his mind is elsewhere lost in thought Through the contents of his writing we will learn why Hidden in Raif's desk drawer at work there is a secret notebook which he asks his friend to destroy but instead he reads it of a time in Berlin where a lonely and inexperienced Raif first meets his infatuated love Maria a girl who would turn his views on life upside down Raif devoted his days to reading and strolling around the streets with no real purpose until one evening he wanders into an exhibition of contemporary art to be mesmerised by a portrait of a Madonna in a fur coat He goes back the next day and the next until finally the artist introduces herself in no time at all he is besotted with her The bewildering Maria Puder is the sort of free thinking new woman he could never have imagined possible the two form an intensely platonic friendship that borders on love a situation that seems to suit them both however it's Raif who simply cannot leave her side whereas Maria does have some dark emotional problems that blight her Before the world slowly starts to close in on them with other heart rending plansI hadn't planned on it but read this in two sittings back to back couldn't keep my eyes away from the pages for very long it captured something deep within that bought my own old love wounds back to life maybe the reason for having such a connection with it Either way this was one profoundly moving novel penetrating the heart with a doomed romance I will never forget


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    Turkish literature was brought into the spotlight in recent years with writers like Orhan Pamuk and Elif Şafak being known and read internationally I prefer to look for the less popular ones though; and while Sabahattin Ali is well known in his home country his work is unfortunately not available in most international translations Kürk Mantolu Madonna Madonna in a Fur Coat is a short but masterly novel It is the love story of Raif Bey a young Turkish student in 1920's Germany and Maria Puder a Berliner painter It is by all means a sentimental story the classic kind where things don't turn out well But while many stories end similarly I loved how it all started him falling in love with her portrait in a galleryThis is Sabahattin Ali's most famous novel and I recommend it to everyone for its beautifully constructed passages its bitter sweetness its all too actual descriptions of cultural differences A modern classic


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    28022017 ISTANBUL — A young Turkish man arrives in 1920s Berlin Ignoring his business of soap manufacturing he spends his days learning German and his nights reading books — especially the Russians and especially Turgenev He explores the city’s parks its wide streets its museums and art galleries He is looking as he put it for something “to sweep me off my feet”He finds it one evening at a gallery where he stands transfixed in front of a painting of a young woman dressed in a fur coat Day after day he returns to stare at the painting One evening drunk and out on the town he sees the woman in the flesh Her name is Maria and the life of the young man Raif is transformedsourceMay 2016 When it was first published in Istanbul in 1943 it made no impression whatsoever Decades later when Madonna in a Fur Coat became the sort of book that passed from friend to friend the literary establishment continued to ignore it Even those who greatly admired the other works of Sabahattin Ali viewed this one as a puzzling aberration It was just a love story they said – the sort that schoolgirls fawned over And yet for the past three years it has topped the bestseller lists in Turkey outselling Orhan Pamuk It is read loved and wept over by men and women of all ages but most of all by young adults And no one seems able to explain uite whysourceOpening Of all the people I have chanced upon in life there is no one who has left a greater impression Months have passed but still Raif Efendi haunts my thoughtsWell I neverHad so much to say about this short story when lying awake in the dark recounting my interaction and I do so wish I had had the integrity to sit up and mark down some bullet points that would have helped me nowMarked this up as current read as I wanted something away from the raw diet of current affairs needing something fictional from my TBR shelves as an antidote to the White House as described by the cheekily opportunist Mr Wolfe and the side dish of withering weathered revelations from Stormy I then became interested in the headline about Mantel's third Cromwell book so took myself off to netgalley to see if that was there Thomas wasn't but this novella is I kid you not 5 Perfection


  5. says:

    A truly beautiful book about a Turkish man who goes to Berlin in the roaring 20 ties During a visit to an exposition of modern art our shy and asocial young man is attracted by the self portrait of a young woman the Madonna in a fur coat Intrigued as he is by this work of art he goes looking for the artist Maria What follows is the story of a subdued yet great passion of two seuestered and wounded young people Notwithstanding the fact that happy endings do not exist in these types of stories the book remains a tribute to never ending love and devotion written in a beautiful language


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    4 and a half starsThis is a tricky one to review It's not a new story it was originally written in the 40s nor is it especially original I think star crossed lovers must be the oldest story in the world But this one is written with such melancholy longing introspection and uiet passion that it turned out to be unlike any story of love lost I have read beforeA uiet very lonely young man from Turkey goes to Berlin in the late 1920s in order to study so he can eventually take over his father's business back in his home country One day he walks into a gallery and becomes fascinated with a painting called Madonna in a Fur Coat a self portrait of an artist named Maria He goes to see the painting every day piuing the artist's curiosity as to whom could be so admiring of her work and she goes to sit next to him in the galleryBoth characters are adrift in their lives searching for something that would make their strange existence worth living but neither knows what that could be or how to deal with it when it finally lands in their lives The story of their few weeks the many missed opportunities and of the inevitable tragic dénoument is told so poignantly with such deep regret that it's impossible not to be moved and frustrated by it Even if I knew how this would end I kept hoping that the next page would prove me wrong and that once these two lonely souls had found each other they wouldn't be torn apartA short deeply affecting read I know its a translation but it is gorgeously written and will leave heartbreaking sepia images in your head when you flip the final page


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    “The pain of losing something precious –– be it earthly happiness or material wealth –– can be forgotten over time But our missed opportunities never leave us and every time they come back to haunt us we ache p 154My attention was drawn to Sabahattin Ali’s Madonna in a Fur Coat thanks to this compelling review in The Guardian to the above mentioned review Sabahattin Ali’s Madonna in a Fur Coat which was first published in 1943 “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”I am not very much a fan of love stories Nonetheless I am very satisfied with this one especially because it shows us how universal good storytelling is Considering the author’s struggle with the Turkish authorities I suggest reading Ali’s Madonna in dedication to all Turkish humanists feminists and above all journalists who are demanding their human right of freedom of expression in a state where civil liberties deteriorate day by day –– now in 2017 If this is one of the bestselling books in Turkey today I have not lost hope yet I recommend the English translation by Maureen Freely and Alexander Dawe Penguin Classics 2016 Moreover the cover design by Coralie Bickford Smith is just stunningly beautiful


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    A wonderful story of unfulfilled love and lost opportunities This is a tale of a shy young man’s exhilarating experience of devoted love of a modern woman against the backdrop of social innovation and artistic ferment in Berlin between the two world wars The rollercoaster of successes and failures in this romance are classic as are the triumphs and tragedies But this is no melodrama It confronts the challenges to achieving the balance in the relationship between the sexes in a way that feels relevant to me today That the main character is Turkish and the woman of hybrid German and Czech Jewish adds another dimension that enriched the read for me The narrator takes a job in a large business in Ankara where he tries to befriend his officemate Rafe Efendi a self effacing man who uietly does his job as a German translator for commercial correspondence Despite hearing that his translations are timely accurate and even elegant he can’t understand why Rafe puts up with all the ridicule and mockery from his colleagues When tasked with taking work to him at home when he is sick the narrator learns that his wife children and in laws who depend on his income abuse him and take him for granted How can such a generous soul end up with such an attitude of defeat and acuiescent to being reviled? The narrator begins to see the hidden depths behind the man In addition to a love of literature comparable to the narrator Rafe retains a spiritual spark beneath the surface Though he looked like an old man when viewed from the side or from above he looked enchantingly and childishly innocent when he smiled Ali has the narrator lay down some key lessons of this tale near the beginning of trying to see Rafe’s hidden layers When misfortune visits those who once walked alongside us we do tend to feel relief almost as if we believe we ourselves have been spared and as we come to convince ourselves that they are suffering in our stead we feel for these wretched creatures We feel mercifulAnd there I was trying so hard to penetrate someone else’s mind to try to find out if the soul hiding inside it was ordered or in turmoil For even the most wretched and simpleminded man could be a surprise even a fool could have a soul whose torments were a constant source of amazement Why are we so slow to see this and why do we assume that it is the easiest thing in the world to know and judge another?When Rafe gets seriously ill he entrusts a journal from his youth to his new friend our narrator His story begins when his academic ambitions in poetry are curtailed by a family mission to Berlin where he is tasked to learn the business of perfumed soaps as a strategy to expand their olive oil business His rich romantic fantasy life inspired by literature clashes with his social awkwardness in talking or interacting with women Even I can empathize with his ineptness If I ever met a woman I found attractive my first thought was to run away From the moment we came face to face I lived in dread that my every glance and movement might reveal my true feelings Drowning in shame I became the most miserable person on earthHe finds solace at the art museum where he has become particularly obsessed with a painting called “Madonna in a Fur Coat” which features a spiritual elegant and melancholy woman whose eyes he can stare into without compunctions A woman in a group of artists passing by Maria boldly asks him about his devotion to the painting a brief and liberating interaction that sparks a surprising enticement with her and the courage to pursue her further When he encounters her again singing at a dancehall he is surprised at the friendly eye contact Without pretense or moving her lips she was greeting me like an old friend She spoke only with her eyes but she made her meaning clearIn fact he is slow to recognize that the elegant woman in the painting the outspoken intellectual artist and the common dancehall performer are one in the same person I loved how Rafe’s coming to us in layers is matched by layers he must parse in his love interest I got some nice zings of wisdom out of the portrayal of love as involving both a selfless and selfish dimensions such as this highlighting of how sudden love spurs us to reach far while at the same time exposing our yawning needs A shaft of light had passed over me illuminating my empty life with possibilities I dared not uestionI won’t spoil anything about the evolution of this relationship but I will share some aspects of her Maria’s character and attitudes For example she has a chip on her shoulder over the arrogance and presumption of men with regard to women especially their angry responses when their advances are rejectedWhy is it always we surrender and you take the spoils? Why is it that even in the way you beg there is dominance and pity in the way we refuse? Rafe and readers like me has no problem empathizing with her modern outlook Men and women have such a hard time understanding what we want from each other and our emotions are so foggy that we hardly know what we are doing We get lost in the current I don’t want that If I have to do things that seem to me to be unnecessary and unsatisfying I end up hating myself But what I hate most is women always having to be passiveHowever two barriers stand in his way to getting closer to this alluring woman’s flame On the one hand she pegs him as almost a virtual woman she can feel safe to befriend On the other hand she sets uite a serious boundary for him There’s one thing you must remember This all ends the moment you want something from me You can’t ask me for anything Anything—do you hearI felt I was witnessing the playing out of the idea that a great love can inspire one to become a better person How the foundations of a self constructed from its ephemeral substance can sustain the tragic storms of life I appreciated the narrator’s journey into hidden layers of Rafe revealing such a noble bedrock built from love under the surface of what appears to all as a simple but broken spirit With Maria we get the layers of spiritual elegance portrayed in her self portrait the free spirited intellectual and social artist and the common and compromised dancehall singer This story reminds me some of Melville’s “Bartleby the Scrivener” with its revelations of the hidden life of an office grind and some of John Prine’s song “Hello in There” about the benefits of listening to the stories of the old and disabled I feel an even powerful link to Escher’s “Three Worlds” which illustrates the strange coexistence of life on different planes Written during World War 2 while reflecting on the interwar period this book likely embodies subtle critical dissection of Turkish society But the author had to be careful as he ran into trouble over political content in his poetry and prose and experienced periods of imprisonment as a conseuence Having a portrayal of a Turkish man ready to embrace feminism while abroad in a European society is one way of highlighting cultural deficiencies at home The affinity of the Ottomans for the German Empire during World War 1 was different from the largely neutral but anti fascist course that Turkey took in World War 2 Sabahattin Ali writes from direct knowledge of German culture based on having studied there for two years in 1928 and subseuent work as a high school German teacher “Madonna in a Fur Coat” was published to great acclaim in 1943 Tragically he was killed at age 41 under mysterious circumstances at the Bulgarian border in 1948 We are lucky to have access to this first English translation I agree with the sentiment that this is a hidden gem of world literatureThe book are provided for review by the publisher through the Netgalley program Sabahattin Ali 1907 1948


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    «Madonna in a Fur Coat» «Kürk Mantolu Madonna»Sabahattin Ali 1943⠀penguinclassics 2017⠀What would happen if Romeo would be the shy Turkish boy and Juliet strong willed German girl?⠀Madonna in a Fur Coat tragic and melancholic story of love and misunderstandings⠀Thanks a lot feyzaykir for this gorgeous present 🤍⠀About book⠀The National⠀“The magical novel about a Turkish man who falls in love with an artist in 1920s Berlin recreates a vanished era and dramatizes a doomed relationship with verve depth and poignancy The result is a miniature masterpiece”⠀Guardian⠀“The surprise bestseller read loved and wept over by men and women of all ages”⠀uote⠀“Suddenly near the door to the main room I stopped Even now after all these years I cannot describe the torrent that swept through me in that moment I only remember standing transfixed before a portrait of a woman wearing a fur coat Others pushed past me impatient to see the rest of the exhibition but I could not move What was it about that portrait? I know that words alone will not suffice All I can say is that she wore a strange formidable haughty and almost wild expression one that I had never seen before on a woman But while that face was utterly new to me I couldn’t help but feel that I had seen her many times before Surely I knew this pale face this dark brown hair this dark brow these dark eyes that spoke of eternal anguish and resolve I had known that woman since I’d opened my first book at the age of seven – since I’d started at the age of five to dream I sow her in her echoes of Halit Ziya Usakligils Nihal Vecihi Bey’s Mehcure and Cavaliers Buridan’s beloved I sow Cleopatra I had come to know in history books and Muhammad’s mother Amine Hatun of whom I had dreamed while listening to the Mevlit prayers She was a swirling blend of all the women I had ever imagined”⠀#примхливачитака#oksanamilkevych


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    I get a bit suspicious going into these 'lost classics' mainly because y'know they're not really lost they just haven't been canonised by some white dudes in the West they have a very specific woe is me melancholy that appealed to me when i was in my twenties and v serious and not much fun Who am i kidding i was ALWAYS crazy fun But ya know what? This was really touching Nostalgic wrenching romanticand Maria is totally not your usual male fantasy muse type bore she was complex and real and a total early feminist sexy heroine Oh and Berlin in the 20s