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A tale of high adventure and lyrical celebration, tenderness and violence, generosity and ruthlessness, Memed, My Hawk is the defining achievement of one of the greatest and most beloved of living writers, Yashar Kemal. It is reissued here with a new introduction by the author on the fiftieth anniversary of its first publication.

Memed, a high-spirited, kindhearted boy, gro
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Paperback, 392 pages
Published June 30th 2005 by NYRB Classics (first published 1955)
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Afshar
امروز بعد چندروز فهمیدم یاشار کمال در 9 اسفند درگذشته است
دیشب یاد کتاباش افتاده بودم و قهرمان هایی که از بین آدمهایی معمولی و فقیر بر میخیزند: اینجه ممد و چاووش و احمد و علی اوزون

شنیدن خبر مرگ نویسنده محبوبت،حس عجیبی داره
با افکارش زندگی کردی و دنیا رو با چشمای اون تماشا کردی
و حالا آن چشمان فروبسته شده اند
هنوز این جمله کتابش یادمه
عبدی آقا رفت و حمزه کچل آمد

بعد هر ظالمی،ظالم ستمگرتری میاد
ولی بعد یاشار کمال باز نویسنده ای که با جرات از ظلم بگوید، خواهد آمد؟

شنيدم که چون قوي زيبا بميرد
فريبنده زاد و
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Scott Burton
One of my criteria for rating a piece of fiction is this: Would I, or have I read it more than once. No matter how good, I almost never watch a movie more than once. But some books, I come back to over and over. This is such a book. I have read it several times. For me it is always entertaining and moving. Set in Turkey, and written by a Noble Prize nominee, it is a kind of Robin Hood saga.
I tell all my students that if they wish to understand the prophetic passion for social justice that is to
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Busra
I'm a native speaker of the language in which this wonderful work of literature is written-Turkish.After reading the comments on the book here,I've started to think of reading it in English too because I've always thought its English translation could not possibly match its original version since cultural elements are a dominant part of the books.I see that I'm wrong,though and I'm glad for it.
I strongly recommend the whole series composed of 4 books,which shows Yaşar Kemal's extraordinary talen
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
I already had this checked out from the library for my ongoing reading of Turkish literature when I came across a mention of the author in The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux. I've had a great many reading coincidences lately!

It isn't surprising that this book was originally published in serial form. It has the distinct feel of sections, with repetition that would have been unnecessary if it had originally been one volume. Those repetitions were tiring to this reader, and I have the same be
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Hakan Aslantürk
Her ne kadar Yaşar Kemal bu seriyi pek beğenmese de (bunu bir röportajında söylemiş ve ince memed'i yalnızca para kazanmak için yazdığını belirtmiştir) biz seviyoruz. Dönemini, yöreyi, yöre insanını ve kültürünü en iyi anlatan kitaplardan biri. O kadar karakteri yaşamak ve onların ruh halini bu denli ustalıkla aktarmak için ya şizofren ya da Yaşar Kemal olmak gerekirdi sanıyorum.

Kitap bilindiği üzere 4 cilttir. Her cildin arkasında İnce Memed'in, bu bölümde kimi öldüreceği yazılı olduğundan oku
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Quân Khuê
Thiên anh hùng ca về một tướng cướp xuất thân nông dân. Văn chương khoái hoạt vô cùng, bản dịch của Trần Dần cũng tuyệt diệu. Mười lăm, mười sáu tuổi mà đọc được cuốn này thì mơ làm tướng cướp mất thôi. May mà đã qua tuổi đó :)
Lilisa
There's something about Turkish literature that speaks to me, and this book is no exception. Written in Turkish by Yasar Kemal, the book was originally published in 1955 and translated into English and several other languages since then. The novel follows the life of Memed, from his harsh young life in a poor village, losing his father, toiling day and night for the cruel local agha, subsequent attempts at escapes and then transition into a roving brigand, the story touches the heart and and spe ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
اینجه ممد، نخستین جلد از دوره رمان چهار جلدی یاشار کمال، نویسنده ترک، که نخستین بار در سال 1955 م. به صورت پاورقی در روزنامه جمهوریت، چاپ استانبول، منتشر شد. در جلگه ای در دامنه های کوه توروس، در دهکده ای که همه زمینهای آن متعلق به آقا (ارباب) محلی است، نوجوانی ممد نام زندگی میکند که او را اینجه (قلمی) مینامند. ارباب هرسال اجاره سنگینی از زمینها میگیرد و روستاییان را به حال خود رها میکند که در فقر زندگی کنند. ممد چند بار فرار می کند و خدیجه را هم که عاشقش است همراه میبرد و ... اما در باره مترجم: ...more
Chana
Memed, known as Slim Memed, is just a boy when he runs away from his village due to the cruelty of his village's Agha (a feudal lord). He returns after a number of months as he is worried about his mother. The Agha punishes them both and they nearly starve that winter. None of the villagers in the villages that this Agha control have any liking for him but pretend to out of fear. Lots of "I kiss your hands, I kiss your feet" to his face and name calling (infidel is the bad name they all like to ...more
YaQuB
Bir dava bu kadar mı doğal temalar ile anlatılır...?
Elliot Ratzman
Translated from Turkish, this popular pulp serial was first published in 1955, published in English in 1961 and now brought back into print by NYReview of Books press. I trust NYRB to find out-of-print delights. I’m not sure what’s so delightful about this book, however, besides, perhaps its cultural importance to Turkish literature or Kurdish culture. Kemal’s book is about a young boy, Memed, whose village is oppressed by a cruel landlord. Memed grows up to be a rebel who barely samples the nex ...more
John
one of only two clunkers i've encountered on the normally superb New York Review Book backlist of reprints. this is a classic turkish novel about a boy who becomes a legendary robin hood-like hero in the turkish thistle-laden countryside. constantly beaten and unfairly treated by a cruel nemesis, he eventually gets his revenge. there are some nice descriptive nature passages, but i found the story too predictable and repetitive and slow. it was painful at times. could be the fault of the transla ...more
Mairead
Apr 21, 2008 Mairead rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mairead by: Elliot Bay Bookseller
Shelves: the-brain
Memed's story is an epic tale, slowly unfolding across the thistle fields and tiny towns and snowy hills of Anatolia. Translated from Turkish, the novel sets a slower pace, punctuated by frenetic plots twists, made all the more jarring by the cultural divide that I had with the scenes of this novel. Nevertheless, I enjoyed participating in Memed's growth, from idealistic young boy into a noble man.
Beaten by his town's "owner" as a youth, Memed attempts several escapes, only to be caught and wit
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Ajk
Nov 27, 2011 Ajk rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Turkophiles
Shelves: favorites, fiction
There's a fantastic review of Absurdistan I once read that said:
Just unbutton its shirt and let it bare its chest. Like a victorious wrestler, this novel is so immodestly vigorous, so burstingly sure of its barbaric excellence, that simply by breathing, sweating and standing upright it exalts itself.
And yeah, I think that applies to Memed, My Hawk a whole lot more than it applies to Shteyngart's work. It's rare when you can write a classical legend in 1955. It's a John Ford Western except that i
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Pat
I'm heading to Turkey soon, so bought this classic as homework. First, the author's bio is a rag-to-riches story of growing up as a peasant farmer's son in pre-Attaturk rural Turkey, who becomes a professional letter writer then the nation's most famous and beloved author. The feudal society he describes is so primitive, you are jarred when a character references an automobile. The descriptions of the natural beauty of the Turkish interior are lush.
Memed is oppressed all his young life by the ev
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pax
Ein bisschen erinnert mich dieses Buch an meine Kindheit: an Robin Hood und die Märchen der 1001 Nacht und an die alten Sowjetischen Filme, auch wenn nichts davon - außer Robin Hood, ein wenig - mit dem Inhalt des Buches zu tun hat, sondern nur mit der Atmosphäre, mit Orten und Bildern und Menschen. Eher Legende als Roman und immer schneller werdend, immer drängender - wer bereit ist, sich auf diesen Erzählstil und die scheinbar einfache Handlung einzulassen, auf eine Welt, die zu karg ist für I ...more
Steve Chisnell
A chilling and fascinating narrative of rural Turkey soon after the formation of the Republic. Memed's experiences and those of his village are offered in brutal relief; the helplessness of the peasants reveals the inevitability of human ignorance; the pettiness of the bourgeoisie is starkly honest. I found interesting how key moments of dramatic resolution are sometimes avoided in the narrative (the fate of a main character, the removal of another in a single sentence without comment). It force ...more
Zafer
Otuz iki yıllık bir zaman diliminde yazılan İnce Memed dörtlüsü düzene başkaldıran Memedin ve insan ilişkileri, doğası ve renkleriyle Çukurovanın öyküsüdür. Yaşar Kemalin söyleyişiyle içinde başkaldırma kurduysa doğmuş bir insanın, mecbur adamın romanı.

Abdi Ağanın zulmüyle köyünü terk etmek zorunda kalan Memed, Ağanın yeğeniyle evlendirilmek üzere olan Hatçeyi kaçırır. Abdi Ağayı yaralayan, yeğenini de öldüren Memed eşkıya Deli Durduya katılır, ancak kıyıcılığına katlanamadığı Deli Durdudan iki
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Sissy
Sep 22, 2007 Sissy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adventure tale
i read this book feverishly. i had visited turkey the year before, and reading a story that was very capitivating about that country appealled to me immensely. From what I rememeber adding this books several years later to this account, was that it had a realism touched with adventure and hope. So that maybe all was not the ideal way in this book, I felt that ideals weren't impossible.
It deals with oppression and tells its tale simply especially in the beginning as it comes from a small boy's pe
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Davin
A fun reasonably quick read that reminded me of a Turkish Robin Hood. Memed flees an oppressive life to become a bandit. The book is pretty episodic (it was first serialized in a Turkish paper) which also made it feel like listening to legendary tales. Not that this is a children's book. The writing has lyrical, metaphoric descriptions of the land and some shrewd depictions of the dynamics between bandits and peasants (reminded me a little bit of the Seven Samurai in that regard) to go along wit ...more
Kate
Great story, memorable characters and vivid introduction to Anatolian village life. The style of writing really drew me in. It seems simplistic at first, but comes through with a kind of richness that sometimes can't be found with sentences double the length of one of Kemal's. My only complain is that the book may be a bit longer than necessary, but it's not such a bad thing when a book is good - however, it can get to be a bit of a psychological load when you factor in how rough village life is ...more
Melinda
A tale of high adventure and lyrical celebration, tenderness and violence, generosity and ruthlessness, Memed, My Hawk is the defining achievement of one of the greatest and most beloved of living writers, Yashar Kemal. It is reissued here with a new introduction by the author on the fiftieth anniversary of its first publication.

Memed, a high-spirited, kindhearted boy, grows up in a desperately poor mountain village whose inhabitants are kept in virtual slavery by the local landlord. Determined
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Granuaille
I picked up this book with great expectations.
It is recommended as one of the best fiction on Turkey (Lonely Planet) and the writer was proposed as Nobel laureate.

I agree that it is a good story, without which I would not have completed the book.

However I found the dialogue stilted - and there was plenty of it.

The writing did not flow well for me. It annoyed me.

Also, my pet hate - if a book describes many places it should have a map. there is much chasing back and forth across the landscape, but
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Terah Walkup
Even in translation, the story flows with such cadence and power. Kemal weaves a story with the language of folklore and moments of modernity. A Turkish Western, if you will.
Merve  Özcan
Kaç yıl önce okudum kim bilir. Etkilendiğimi hatırlıyorum ama. Zamanında devamını okumak istediğimi de.
Lundriguez
Is this how you do political allegory right?
Monica
After reading this novel and its sequel, They Burn the Thistles,I am embarrassed that I had never before heard of Yasar Kemal. The story he weaves depicts everyday violence and inequity that is staggering in its casualness. His writing is haunting and lyrical, making me yearn to visit the harsh mountain landscapes and magical, fecund Anazvarza plain he depicts. This universal tale of struggle against oppression, poverty and even nature is truly captivating; its hero compelling and surprising. I ...more
Jama
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Ensiform
Translated by Edouard Roditi. A young village boy from the Tarsus mountains runs away from the cruel local lord, Abdi Agha. He returns to be with his mother and his love, Hatche, but when she is forcibly engaged to Abdi’s nephew, he strikes back. She is unjustly sent to prison for her role in the nephew’s murder, and he becomes a feared bandit on the mountains.

This was a book mentioned by Theroux in The Great Railway Bazaar, when he spoke with its author, a legend in Turkey. It’s an engaging sto
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