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A classic of Turkish literature, originally published in 1955, this novel won the Varlik Prize, the highest literature award of Turkey

Memed grows up a serf to a vicious overlord on the thistle-clad plains of Turkey’s Taurus region. When his plan to escape is dashed, and the young woman he loves murdered, Memed makes for the mountains to become an outlaw. Before long he has transformed from a young rebel to an infamous bandit, the scourge of corrupt oppressors and hero to the poor. With vividness and simplicity, Kemal's classic novel evokes the fierce beauty of his country and the struggles of its oppressed people.

Reviews

A beautiful novel in the old, glorious tradition of heroic storytelling.

Scotsman

'A masterpiece'.

New Statesman

'A tale that assumes epic proportions and gathers speed to rush to a spectacular climax'.

Daily Telegraph

It has that insiders feelings for man, the oppressed, labouring animal ... you might find in Tolstoy, Hardy or Silone. The author never loses his freshness, an ability to pick on details as though see for the first time.

Guardian

Yasham Kemal achieves the Russian quality - an intimacy of detail which makes his etching indelible, more selected, and therefore more obvious than life ... the book is a small, sharp, moving epic of Turkish soil

Sunday Telegraph

'Here again is that directness and that fierce poetry which one knew in the old heroic stories, and a hero in whom one can have such faith and trust that one can bear to read his torments knowing that he is strong enough to endure them. This is a beautiful and passionate book. It has been most ably translated'.

Glasgow Herald

One of the great modern epics

Observer

[Kemal was] trying to find, to create, in his own country, a language for millions and millions of people whom no one's ever heard of, whom no one has ever spoken for, and who cannot speak

James Baldwin

'A remarkable novel, reminiscent of Hardy in its power and scope'.

Queen

Marvellous

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781784701086

    January 30, 2017

    Vintage Classics

    368 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • Paperback

    9781590171394

    August 15, 2005

    NY Review Books

    RRP $32.99

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  • Memed, My Hawk
    Yashar Kemal

    Paperback

    9781860463914

    December 15, 1997

    Vintage

    368 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781784703745

    December 1, 2016

    Vintage Digital

    368 pages

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