Yasar Kemal also spelt Yashar was born in 6 October 1923 and died in 28 February 2015. He was a Kurdish writer and human rights activist.
Yaşar Kemal was one of Turkey’s leading novelists. Received a total of 38 awards during his lifetime and had been a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature on the strength of Memed, (My Hawk).
During World War I, Yashar’s family had to move from their village due to invasion of the Anatolia by the Russian troops.
Yashar Kemal’s work carries traces of Anatolian folk literature and tradition. Yashar wrote his works by bringing the legends and tales of Anatolia to the reality of his day. This makes Kemal’s work considerable not only for Turkish literature but also for world literature.
Ağıtlar (“Ballads”; debut),
Ince Memed II (“They Burn the Thistles”),
Teneke (“The Drumming-Out”),
İnce Memed (“Memed, My Hawk”)
Thilda Serrero (m. 1952–d. 2001)
Ayşe Semiha Baban (m. 2002–2015)
Grand Officier de la Légion d’Honneur de France 2011,
Peace Prize of the German Book Trade 1997,
Commandeur de la Légion d’Honneur de France 1984,
Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger 1979,
Prix mondial Cino Del Duca 1982.