In Jail with Nazim Hikmet

In Jail with Nazim Hikmet


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An intimate portrait of the growing friendship between two writers, forged in a Turkish political prison.

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ISBN-13: 9780863564116
Publisher: Saqi Books
Publication date: 12/21/2010
Pages: 215
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Orhan Kemal (1914–1970) was one of Turkey’s most popular novelists. He was found guilty for breach of the penal code during his military service, and served a prison sentence from 1938 to 1943. From 1951 he made his living entirely by writing – often with radical, anti-authoritarian content. His prison memoir, Nazim Hikmet’le Üç Buçuk Yil (Three and a Half Years with Nazim Hikmet) was written in 1947 and first published in Turkey in 1965. The Idle Years was published by Peter Owen in the UK in 2008.

Bengisu Rona teaches Turkish language and literature at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

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