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A chance meeting in a Turkish village coffee-house precipitates the shooting of a local gangster and an ongoing conflict between the two men involved
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Yashar Kemal (1923 - 2015) was born on the cotton-growing plains of Chukurova, which feature in his The Wind from the Plain trilogy. His championship of poor peasants lost him a succession of jobs, but he was eventually able to buy a typewriter and set himself up as a public letter-writer in the small town of Kadirli. After a spell as a journalist, he published a volume of short stories in 1952, and then, in 1955, his first novel Memed, My Hawk won the Varlik Prize for best novel of the year. His work went on to win countless prizes from all over the world, and was translated into several languages. Kemal was a member of the Central Committee of the banned Workers' Party, and in 1971 he was held in prison for 26 days before being released without charge. Subsequently, he was placed on trial for action in support of Kurdish dissidents. Among the many international prizes and honours he received in recognition of his gifts as a writer and his courageous fight for human rights, are the French Legion d'Honneur and the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger, as well as being nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature. Kemal was Turkey's most influential living writer and, in the words of John Berger, "one of the modern world's great storytellers".Language Notes:
Text: English, Turkish (translation)
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Book Description George Braziller, 1985. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110807611220
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STRM-0807611220
Book Description George Braziller, 1985. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0807611220