Yaşar Kemal: Turkey’s father of literature fights for life


One of Turkey’s most famous living writers, the country’s first candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature and an outspoken intellectual, Yaşar Kemal, is critically ill.

The 92-year-old author, whose works have been published in dozens of languages, was hospitalized on Wednesday in Istanbul due to respiratory problems.

Kemal, who wrote more than 20 novels and nearly 10 experimental works, besides short stories, is also famous for recreating Turkish as a literary language.

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