Memed, My Hawk Cover Image
By Yashar Kemal, Yashar Kemal (Introduction by), Edouard Roditi (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781590171394
Published: NYRB Classics - June 30th, 2005

The tale of Memed has long been a favorite in Turkey. The irrepressible boy, even while cornered by poverty, evil landlords, and the gendarmerie, snatches at happiness with a wild sweet panache. Kemal grew up with the stories of some rather wild forbears - Kurdish brigands and outlaws - and has distilled from them something like a folktale, set within a lyrical landscape of flint and thistles.