Yaşar Kemal: İnce Memed (Memed, My Hawk)

The latest addition to my website is Yaşar Kemal‘s İnce Memed (Memed, My Hawk). This is a classic Turkish novel about good vs evil, specifically the story of a young man who resists an evil, cruel, grasping landowner, and fights Robin Hood style, for the poor and downtrodden. Memed is a young farm worker, who becomes an outlaw when the landowner tries to force Memed’s girlfriend to marry his nephew and when he punishes Memed’s mother because Memed tried to run away. Memed becomes a hero to the ordinary people of the area, as he fights the landowners, the police and even the government. The novel was very successful, both in Turkey and elsewhere and is an excellent read.

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