They Burn Thistles

They Burn Thistles

by Yashar Kemal


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They Burn Thistles by Yashar Kemal

This is the story of a bitter war between the poor Turkish peasants of the Taurus Mountains and the greedy Aghas who covet their land and are prepared to go to any lengths including theft, arson and murder to get it. Ali Safa has determined to take possession of the village of Vayvay but its inhabitants will not sell. Then one named Hassan weakens - he is prepared to part with his land for the Agha's best stallion. But this ill-fated deal sets in motion a chain of a events which will see the young brigand Slim Memed take up the cause of the poor once again, with dramatic consequences.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784870478
Publisher: Random House UK
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x (d)

About the Author

Yashar Kemal (1923 2015) was born on the cotton-growing plains of Chukurova, which feature in his The Wind from the Plain trilogy. His championship of poor peasants lost him a succession of jobs, but he was eventually able to buy a typewriter and set himself up as a public letter-writer in the small town of Kadirli. After a spell as a journalist, he published a volume of short stories in 1952, and then, in 1955, his first novel Memed, My Hawk won the Varlik Prize for best novel of the year. His work went on to win countless prizes from all over the world, and was translated into several languages. Kemal was a member of the Central Committee of the banned Workers' Party, and in 1971 he was held in prison for 26 days before being released without charge. Subsequently, he was placed on trial for action in support of Kurdish dissidents. Among the many international prizes and honours he received in recognition of his gifts as a writer and his courageous fight for human rights, are the French Légion d'Honneur and the Prix duMeilleur Livre Etranger, as well as being nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature. Kemal was Turkey's most influential living writer and, in the words of John Berger, "one of the modern world's great storytellers".

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