Memed, My Hawk

byYashar KemalIntroduction byYashar KemalTranslated byEdouard Roditi

June 30, 2005|
Memed, My Hawk by Yashar Kemal
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A tale of high adventure and lyrical celebration, tenderness and violence, generosity and ruthlessness, Memed, My Hawk is the defining achievement of one of the greatest and most beloved of living writers, Yashar Kemal. It is reissued here with a new introduction by the author on the fiftieth anniversary of its first publication.

Memed, a high-spirited, kindhearted boy, grows up in a desperately poor mountain village whose inhabitants are kept in virtual slavery by the local landlord. Determined to escape from the life of toil and humiliation to which he has been born, he flees but is caught, tortured, and nearly killed. When at last he does get away, it is to set up as a roving brigand, celebrated in song, who could be a liberator to his people—unless, like the thistles that cover the mountain slopes of his native region, his character has taken an irremediably harsh and unforgiving form.
Yashar Kemal (1922–2015) was born into a Kurdish family in a village in southern Anatolia and saw his father brutally murdered at the age of five, which left him with a severe stutter for years to come. He received his basic education in village schools before working as a farmer, factory worker, public letter-writer, and journalist. M...
Title:Memed, My HawkFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:392 pages, 7.99 X 5.15 X 0.82 inShipping dimensions:392 pages, 7.99 X 5.15 X 0.82 inPublished:June 30, 2005Publisher:New York Review BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:159017139X

ISBN - 13:9781590171394

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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