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Memed, My Hawk by Yaşar Kemal
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May 05, 09

Read in May, 2009

An incredibly well-crafted narrative, and the best of the...uh...three Turkish novels I've read (give me back my time and money, Orhan Pamuk). Kemal's debut is a more of a 370-page folktale than a novel (and I think this is a good thing). Some of the characters seem like bits of floating cliched dialogue, but I suspect this has more to do with the dodgy translation than Kemal's skills as a novelist. This book is more proof that NYRB Classics has probably the most consistently surprising and enjoyable backlist of any smaller publisher out there.

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