Famous 20th century Turkish author Orhan Kemals 1952 novel
Cemile has been published in Egypt, the İstanbul-based
Orhan Kemal Culture Center announced on Friday.
Published in Arabic under the title Gamila by Afaq Books
and translated by Abdülkadir Abdelli, the book will be
launched this week at the Cairo Book Fair, scheduled for
Jan. 22 to Feb. 2, the Anatolia news agency reported.
The books publishing in Egypt received funding from the
Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry as part of the
ministrys long-running literary translation subvention
project called TEDA.
The novel, through the story of the poverty-stricken lives
of Cemile, who works in a textile factory, and a factory
clerk who wants to marry her, depicts in Kemals trademark
realistic style the lives of factory workers and the
hardships laborers encounter.
Orhan Kemal was the pen name of Mehmet Raşit Öğütçü, the
novelist-playwright who lived from 1914 to 1970. Cemile is
the third book in the authors semi-autobiographical
tetralogy, following his Baba Evi (My Fathers House,
1949) and Avare Yılar (Idle Years, 1950). The fourth book
in the series is Dünya Evi (Marriage, 1960).
With the inclusion of the Arabic translation of Cemile,
the number of Kemals novels translated into foreign
languages has reached 10, Anatolia said. Recently, his
memoir, Nazım Hikmetle 3.5 Yıl, in which he chronicles
his prison years with poet Hikmet through letters and
diaries, has been published in English under the title
Orhan Kemal in Jail with Nazım Hikmet.
19 January 2009, Monday
TODAYS ZAMAN WITH WIRES İSTANBUL