They Burn the Thistles
By (author) Yashar Kemal
Translated by Margaret E Platon
Introduction by Schumann Distinguished Scholar Bill McKibben
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They Burn the Thistles by Yashar Kemal
Book DescriptionTurkey's greatest novelist, Yashar Kemal is an unsurpassed storyteller who brings to life a world of staggering violence and hallucinatory beauty. Kemal's books delve deeply into the entrenched social and historical conflicts that scar the Middle East. At the same time scents and sounds, vistas of mountain and stream and field, rise up from the pages of his books with primitive force. Memed--introduced in Kemal's legendary first novel, "Memed, My Hawk," and a recurrent character in many of his books--is one of the few truly mythic ﬁgures of modern fiction, a desperado and sometime defender of the oppressed who is condemned to wander in the blood-soaked gray zone between justice and the law. In "They Burn the Thistles," one of the finest of Kemal's novels, Memed is on the run. Hunted by his enemies, wounded, at wit's end, he has lost faith in himself and has retreated to ponder the vanity of human wishes. Only a chance encounter with an extraordinarily beautiful and powerful stallion, itself a hunted creature, serves to restore his determination and rouse him to action.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781590171851
Paperback / softback
(205mm x 134mm x 23mm)
Imprint: New York Review of Books
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Yashar Kemal
Memed My Hawk, Paperback (December 2016)
Memed grows up a serf to a vicious overlord on the 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.
Sea-Crossed Fisherman, Paperback (November 2014)
Only one man intervenes - the village outcast Fisher Selim - and in doing so inadvertently transfers the blame for the murder onto himself. From this one simple act, Zeynel becomes a legendary outlaw in the minds of the people, whereas Fisher Selim, passionate about the sea and haunted by a lost love, is cast as an eccentric oddball.
Salman the Solitary, Paperback (July 2014)View all books by Yashar Kemal
Salman become the adopted son of Ismail Agha who, after many reversals of fortune, achieved wealth in his new home. Salman grew up to worship the very ground on which his "father" trod, and to stand armed guard at his gate in all weathers.
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Author Biography - Yashar Kemal
YASHAR KEMAL (1922-2015) was born into a Kurdish family in a village in southern Anatolia and saw his father brutally murdered at the age of five. He received his basic education in village schools before working as an agricultural laborer, factory-worker, public letter-writer, and journalist. His first novel, "Memed, My Hawk" won the Varlik Prize for best novel of the year in 1955. Kemal's numerous other books include "The Wind from the Plain" trilogy, "Salman the Solitary, Seagull, " and three other books recounting the expoits of Memed, including, "They Burn the Thistles." BILL MCKIBBEN is a former staff writer for "The New Yorker." His books include "Hundred Dollar Holiday, Maybe One, The End of Nature, The Age of Missing Information" and "Hope, Human and Wild." McKibben is a frequent contributor to a wide variety of publications, including "The New York Review of Books, Outside, " and "The New York Times." He lives with his wife and daughter in the Adirondack Mountains of New York.
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