‘These strange trees always remind me of all the faraway lands I long to see… I pity them, you know – for having been uprooted from their natural soil and brought here to be grown under artificial conditions, with such exacting care… Can hothouses and artificial lighting ever be enough for leaves accustomed to so much heat and light? Somehow they survive. They manage not to wither away… but can we call this life?’

– Sabahattin Ali, Madonna in a Fur Coat

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