Yasar Kemal

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Kemal, Yasar


(pen name of Kemal Sadik Gökçeli). Born 1922 in the village of Hemite-Gökçeli, Adana Vilayet. Turkish realist writer. One of the founders of the progressive literary-social weekly Ant (1967–71).

Kemal began publishing in 1939 as a poet. His novel Tin Can (1955; Russian translation, 1970) relates the struggle of a solitary intellectual against kulaks and the clergy. In the novel Mehmet My Hawk (vols. 1–2, 1955; Russian translation, 1959) he describes tragic events in an Anatolian village where a struggle is being waged against centuries-old social oppression. A concern with real life is also characteristic of other novels, including The Support (1960), Iron Earth, Copper Sky (1963), and Efe from Çakirc (1972).


Bütün hikâyeler. Istanbul, 1967.
Demirciler çarştst cinayeti. Istanbul, 1973.


Al’kaeva, L. Iz istorii turetskogo romana. Moscow, 1975.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The examples of nature-oriented literature in Turkish can be multiplied such as Cevat Sakir Kabaagacli's Aganta Burina Burinata [Haul out the bow lines] (1945), Yasar Kemal's Ince Memed [Memed, My Hawk] (1955), Yaman Koray's Deniz Agaci [The Tree of the Sea (Sea-Fan)] (1962), Fakir Baykurt's Kaplumbagalar [The Turtles] (1966) and again Yasar Kemal's Deniz Kustu [The Sea Crossed Fisherman] [1978].
In Turkey, the first book anyone reads by Yasar Kemal is Memed, My Hawk.
ISTANBUL (Turkey) - Thousands of mourners, including a Nobel laureate and a former president, turned out for the funeral Monday of Turkish literary giant Yasar Kemal in Istanbul.
L'ecrivain turc Yasar Kemal, un des geants de la litterature turque traduit dans le monde entier, est mort samedi dans un hopital d'Istanbul a l'age de 92 ans.
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Acclaimed Turkish writer Yasar Kemal has received the Grigor Narekatsi Medal, which is awarded by the Armenian
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December 18 2011 (TUR) -- Internationally-acclaimed Turkish novelist Yasar Kemal on Saturday received France's highest order of merit.
Some, like Yasar Kemal, who is still my friend, were serializing their novels, writing for Turkish feuilletons, and meeting publishers' business demands.
With the exception of scattered references to Yasar Kemal, Aziz Nesin, Sait Faik, and a few other early prose writers, there is no in-depth study of the Turkish novel.