They Burn The Thistles

byYashar KemalIntroduction byBill McKibbenTranslated byMargaret E. Platon

November 21, 2006|
They Burn The Thistles by Yashar Kemal
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Turkey’s greatest novelist, Yashar Kemal is an unsurpassed storyteller who brings to life a world of staggering violence and hallucinatory beauty. Kemal’s books delve deeply into the entrenched social and historical conflicts that scar the Middle East. At the same time scents and sounds, vistas of mountain and stream and field, rise up from the pages of his books with primitive force.

Memed—introduced in Kemal’s legendary first novel, Memed, My Hawk, and a recurrent character in many of his books—is one of the few truly mythic figures of modern fiction, a desperado and sometime defender of the oppressed who is condemned to wander in the blood-soaked gray zone between justice and the law. In They Burn the Thistles, one of the finest of Kemal’s novels, Memed is on the run. Hunted by his enemies, wounded, at wit’s end, he has lost faith in himself and has retreated to ponder the vanity of human wishes. Only a chance encounter with an extraordinarily beautiful and powerful stallion, itself a hunted creature, serves to restore his determination and rouse him to action.
Title:They Burn The ThistlesFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:424 pages, 7.98 X 5.25 X 1.14 inShipping dimensions:424 pages, 7.98 X 5.25 X 1.14 inPublished:November 21, 2006Publisher:New York Review BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1590171853

ISBN - 13:9781590171851

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