Orhan Kemal's novels published in Britain
Turkish author Orhan Kemal's novels
published in Britain
Two novels by the late Turkish author Orhan
Kemal have been published in Britain.
"My Father's House" (Baba Evi) and "Idle
Years" (Avare Yıllar), the first two books
of Kemal's semi-autobiographical tetralogy,
have been published in English as a single
Kemal's son Işık Öğütçü promoted the novel
with a conference hosted by Turkish
Ambassador to Britain Yiğit Alpogan
Alpogan noted at the conference that several
of Kemal's novels had been translated into
Greek, Arabian and Hebrew.
Alpogan expressed hope that the other two
novels of Kemal's tetralogy, "Cemile" and "Marriage"
(Dünya Evi), would be translated into
English and published in Britain soon.
The preface for the translation was written
by Nobel Prize-winner Orhan Pamuk.
Orhan Kemal was the pen name of Mehmet Raşit
Öğütçü (1914-1979). He was influenced by
another famous Turkish author, Nazım Hikmet.
Kemal's first poem was published in 1939,
his first story in 1941 and his first novel