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Publication Date: Mar 14, 2023

256 pp


List Price US: $17.99

ISBN: 978-1-63542-288-7

Trim Size: 5.28 x 7.94 x 0.65 in.


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ISBN: 978-1-63542-289-4

Lady Life

A Novel

by Ahmet Altan Translated by Yasemin Çongar

“Fazil’s uncertainty over which path to take in his life—one of books and ideas, or one of carefree passion—stands as an intriguing metaphor for [Turkey’s] dwindling prospects. There’s plenty to chew on in this lighthearted romp.” —Publishers Weekly

“This lovely, lyrical story of a love triangle is actually a novel of ideas. Vividly drawn characters use literature as a springboard toward understanding themselves and the world. Written inside a prison cell, Lady Life is an instantly absorbing story about passion, doubt, and the meaning of freedom.” —Stephen Kinzer, author of Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds

“The wonder of Ahmet Altan’s literature lies in it being at once specific to its national context and universal in its concerns. Lady Life strongly evokes the urban and character-filled Istanbul of cafes, bars, and alleys; just as it grapples with the universal themes of boyhood, status anxiety, and impossible longings. As the men and women of Lady Life come alive on the page, they manage to both seduce us and make us think. The story is thus compelling as it is thought-provoking. A book to fall in love with.” —Arash Azizi, author of The Shadow Commander: Soleimani, the US, and Iran’s Global Ambitions

“Ahmet Altan perfectly braids the personal and the political, the erotic and the intellectual, the hilarious and the tragic, reminding us there is very little difference between the strands. Lady Life is a gift to readers.” —Lauren B. Davis, author of Even So

“A studied look at the alienation that springs from oppression, this is a moving meditation on love, loneliness, and literature.” —Omar Sakr, author of Son of Sin

Praise for I Will Never See the World Again:

“Urgent…brilliant…a timeless testament to the art and power of writing amid Orwellian repression.” —Washington Post

“Remarkable…Altan’s talent as a writer allowed him to communicate his experience in rich, haunting detail…Despite the oppressive, cruel darkness at the core of Altan’s memoir, his words shine like bioluminescent creatures patrolling the abyss…brilliant.” —NPR

“The title of Mr. Altan’s book is the statement of a brutal fact, rather than a cry of despair. There is not a smidgen of self-pity in the memoir’s 212 pages. What emerges is this: You cannot jail my mind, and you cannot shut me up.” —New York Times

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