Today's Zaman - 5 Jan 2008


Orhan Kemal's ‘El Kızı' published in Syria
Famous Turkish author Orhan Kemal's novel "El Kızı" (The Foreigner's Daughter) has been published in Syria as part of a literary translation project by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.


"El Kızı," translated into Arabic by Abdülkadir Abdelli, was published by Syria's Al Mada Publishing House with funding from the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism as part of the TEDA translation project. The novel, which Orhan Kemal wrote in 1960, centers on the tragic life story of a naive and shy young woman.

"Müfettişler Müfettişi" (Inspector of Inspectors), another novel the prolific author, whose real name was Mehmet Raşit Öğütçü, wrote in 1966 is also awaiting publication in Syria. With the inclusion of "Inspector of Inspectors," Orhan Kemal's novels to be published in Syria will total four. The writer's previously published works in Syria include "Bereketli Topraklar Üzerinde" (On Fertile Lands) (1954) and "Kaçak" (The Fugitive) (1970). The realist author, an Adana native, died on June 2, 1970 in Bulgaria at the age of 56.


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