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Literary festival dedicated to Yasar Kemal

20 May
14:39 2015

ANKARA (DİHA) - Yasar Kemal, the celebrated Kurdish writer who passed away in February, is being honored at Ankara’s annual short story festival.

Organizers said that the 15th edition of the five-day Ankara International Short Story Days is dedicated to Kemal, who died at an Istanbul hospital on February 28. He was in his early 90s. Kemal and his short stories and novels will be discussed at a special program at Ankara University by Turkish author Ahmed Say.

Last year’s edition of the literary festival was dedicated to the late Colombian novelist and short story writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Kemal, who was a tireless campaigner for Kurdish rights throughout his life, was one of the greatest writers in Turkey, penning more than two dozen novels alone.

He penned all his novels in Turkish, but his writing always reflected his Kurdish identity and the hardships his people faced in Turkey. His works have been translated into 40 languages, including Kurdish.

His best-known work, Memed, My Hawk, translated into Kurdish as Hamadok and published in1955, earned him a nomination for the 1973 Nobel Prize in literature.