One of Turkey’s best-known writers, Yasar Kemal, 92, has died in an Istanbul hospital following respiratory and organ failure.
He was Turkey’s first Nobel Prize for literature nominee and his work has been published in numerous languages.
Medics said his health deteriorated rapidly over the past week.
Mr Kemal – an ethnic Kurd born in south-eastern Turkey – won international fame for his first novel, Memed, My Hawk, published in 1955.
It became a worldwide success and was published in 40 languages.
Nine of his novels were made into films, and he is credited for re-establishing Turkish as a literary language.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in a statement he was feeling “sorrow… at the loss of the great writer and artist”.
The prime minister singled out Kemal’s ability to “maintain his dissident attitude and express the truth without holding back at times when speaking the truth was hard”.
Yasar Kemal: Turkish literary icon
Born in 1923 in the southern province of Osmaniye
Published his first book, Ballads, in 1943
His first short stories followed in 1950
First novel, Memed, My Hawk, published in 1955
Lived in Sweden for two years in the 1970s
Winner of numerous prizes, including the Cino del Duca World Prize in 1982 and the Legion d’Honneur in 1984
Source: Hurriyet Daily News
The young Yasar Kemal lost his right eye to a knife accident in childhood, and witnessed the murder of his father by an adopted orphan boy when he was just five years old.
He began his writing career penning letters for illiterate citizens in small villages, before becoming a journalist and later a novelist.
His work put great emphasis on what he called “human beings and nature” and characterising his work as being “at the proletariat’s service”.
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