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.
Author: Yashar Kemal
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Originally publish: London: Collins and Harvill Press, 1961
“He's from far down, from Wayvay village. He keeps on calling you his hawk.” Memed walked slowly towards the old man and held out his hand: “Welcome, Uncle!” “I'm glad to be here, my son. Are you my hawk?” “Who?” “Slim Memed.
Author: Yashar Kemal
Publisher: Random House
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.
MEMED, MY HAWK 511 possibility of their own redemption from the world of isolation and despair that they themselves have created around them. Mauriac once said that man is always either creating himself or destroying himself, ...
Author: Michael Sollars
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
Category: Electronic books
The Facts On File Companion to the World Novel : 1900 to the Present is a new two-volume reference guide featuring more than 600 entries on the world’s greatest modern novels and novelists, including everything from acknowledg.
'My hawk,' shouted Old Osman, 'my hawk, my hawk!' 'Don't shout, are you crazy? Don't shout. The boy's on the run,' said Kamer. 'Slim Memed, is it you, child?' 'It's me, Mother Kamer,' said Memed. 'Welcome, child. If my crazy husband ...
Author: Yashar Kemal
Publisher: Random House
This is the story of a bitter war between the poor Turkish peasants of the Taurus Mountains and the Aghas who covet their land. Ali Safa is determined to take possession of the village of Vayvay but its inhabitants will not sell. Then one villager weakens, prepared to part with his land in return for the Agha's best stallion. But this ill-fated deal sets in motion a chain of events which will see the young brigand Slim Memed take up the cause of the poor once again, with dramatic consequences.
(Students reading Memed, My Hawk can consider how this long-standing “Robin Hood” historical tradition comes into play when America invades Iraq or Afghanistan, and Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, and other “insurgents” are recognized ...
Author: Allen Webb
Providing a gateway into the real literature emerging from the Middle East, this book shows teachers how to make the topic authentic, powerful, and relevant. Teaching the Literature of Today’s Middle East: • Introduces teachers to this literature and how to teach it • Brings to the reader a tremendous diversity of teachable texts and materials by Middle Eastern writers • Takes a thematic approach that allows students to understand and engage with the region and address key issues • Includes stories from the author’s own classroom, and shares student insight and reactions • Utilizes contemporary teaching methods, including cultural studies, literary circles, blogs, YouTube, class speakers, and film analysis • Directly and powerfully models how to address controversial issues in the region Written in an open, personal, and engaging style, theoretically informed and academically smart, highly relevant across the field of literacy education, this text offers teachers and teacher-educators a much needed resource for helping students to think deeply and critically about the politics and culture of the Middle East through literary engagements.
In the second sequel to Memed, My Hawk, as his desperate struggle with the world continues, Memed mentions a longing for some place by the sea, a grove of orange trees where he could live in peace. His friend replies that he would be ...
Author: Karima Laachir
Category: Literary Criticism
This study highlights the connections between power, cultural products, resistance, and the artistic strategies through which that resistance is voiced in the Middle East. Exploring cultural displays of dissent in the form of literary works, films, and music, the collection uses the concept of 'cultural resistance' to describe the way culture and cultural creations are used to resist or even change the dominant political, social, economic, and cultural discourses and structures either consciously or unconsciously. The contributors do not claim that these cultural products constitute organized resistance movements, but rather that they reflect instances of defiance that stem from their peculiar contexts. If culture can be used to consolidate and perpetuate power relations in societies, it can also be used as the site of resistance to oppression in its various forms: gender, class, ethnicity, and sexuality, subverting existing dominant social and political hegemonies in the Middle East.
8 Multiparty Democracy , 1945-1960 Like the characters in Yasar Kemal's novel Memed , My Hawk , the ordi- nary people of Turkey's 40,000 villages experienced the revolutionary changes of the 1920s and 1930s indirectly at first , by way ...
Author: Douglas Arthur Howard
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Discusses the political and economic aspects of each period as well as the social and cultural milieu, and includes a timeline, brief biographical notes on key players, and a bibliographic essay.
Like the characters in Yasar Kemal's novel Memed, My Hawk, the ordinary people of Turkey's 40,000 villages experienced the revolutionary changes of the 1920s and 1930s indirectly at first, by way of the traditional institutions and ...
Author: Douglas A. Howard
A comprehensive overview of the history of Turkey ranging from the earliest Neolithic civilizations, to the establishment of the Republic in 1923, to the present-day tenure of President Erdoğan. • Covers the history of Turkey since antiquity • Explores Turkey's ancient civilizations, such as the Ottomans, the Byzantines, the Romans, the Greeks, the Hittites, and other Indo-Europeans • Emphasizes the evolution of the modern Turkish democracy in the last 100 years • Discusses the mixed legacy of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, including Turkish nationalism, aggressive secularism, and repeated military meddling in Turkey's democratic system