Turkey’s literary giant, Yasar Kemal, dies age 92

Turkey’s literary giant, Yasar Kemal, dies age 92
# 28 February 2015 20:58 (UTC +04:00)

The 92-year-old author, whose works have been published in dozens of languages, was hospitalized in mid-January due to lung infection and heart rhythm problems.

He had been under intensive care at Istanbul University's Hospital since January 14, 2015.

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

Having both Turkish and Kurdish origins, Kemal was born in 1923 in Osmaniye in southern Turkey. Losing his right eye due to a knife accident, the writer had a difficult childhood.

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