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An international bestseller, this intimate biography vividly brings to life the story of an exceptional and courageous woman, well ahead of her time, who lived through a remarkable period in Turkish history.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk is hailed as one of the most charismatic political leaders of the twentieth century, but little is known today about his one and only wife, Latife Hanim. A multilingual intellectual who read law at the Sorbonne, she was a suffragist who closely followed women's movements around the world.
Her marriage set her apart from her contemporaries, raising her to the pinnacle of political power, truly able to work for the betterment of the women of Turkey. But just after two and a half years, Atatürk divorced her and Hanim was forgotten and maligned. Public opinion became dominated by the image of a sharp-tongued, quarrelsome woman who strained Atatürk's nerves.
About the Author & the Translator:
Ipek Çalislar is a journalist and writer. She has worked for the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet for twelve years, as news editor and later as the Sunday supplement editor. An international bestseller, Madam Atatürk is her first literary work.
Feyza Howell was born in 1957 in Izmur, Turkey. Her translations include Fiasco by Coskun Büktel, The Book of Madness by Levent Senyürek, and The Concubine by Gül Irepolgu.Author: Ipek Çalislar