Kemal Tahir

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Kemal Tahir


Born in 1910 in Istanbul. Turkish writer and journalist.

Kemal Tahir spent many years in prison for his political views. His poems, such as “The Latest Report” (1941), deal with topical themes and are politically perceptive. The novels Remote Valley (1955), Bluish Smoke (1957), Pasture of the Seven Plane Trees (1958), and The Village. Hunchback (1959) portray life in Anatolia between the two world wars. In a series of novels that includes Men of a Captured City (1956; Russian translation, 1961) and Prisoner of a Captured City (1961), Kemal Tahir gives a panorama of social and political life in Turkey from 1908 to 1940.


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The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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According to "Wolf Law," written by author Kemal Tahir, Johnson's Ottoman great-grandfather was a Freemason, a belief held at that time in Turkey.
When an English version of his essay collection, Other Colors, was published in 2007, he omitted his articles on Turkish novels and authors such as Ahmed Hamdi Tanpinar, Orhan Kemal, Kemal Tahir, Aziz Nesin, Yasar Kemal, and Oguz Atay.
Kemal Tahir, Aziz Nesin, Sabahaddin Kudret, Ozdemir Asaf en sik gorustukleri yazarlarin basinda gelirler.