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Madam Ataturk

The First Lady of Modern Turkey

By (author) Ipek Calislar
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Saqi Books, London, United Kingdom
Published: 18th Mar 2019
Dimensions: w 135mm h 216mm d 20mm
Weight: 395g
ISBN-10: 086356335X
ISBN-13: 9780863563355
Barcode No: 9780863563355
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk 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 educated at the Sorbonne, Latife's marriage to Ataturk in 1923 raised her to the pinnacle of political power. Hanim played a central role in the creation of a modern and secular Turkey and championed the emancipation of women. Throughout her marriage, she stood beside her husband, and acted as his interpreter, promoter and diplomatic aide. However, after only two years of marriage, Ataturk divorced Latife, who was shunned and blamed for the failure of the marriage. She spent the rest of her life in seclusion. 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.

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`Rich, surprising and profound' Orhan Pamuk; `A daring biography' Independent; `Latife played a pivotal role in shaping the new Turkey - an acknowledgement of her contribution is long overdue.' New Internationalist; `This fascinating retelling highlights an important moment in the struggle for women's suffrage ... Poignant' The Lady; `A shining example of how history can and should be written' The Jordan Times