The Sea-Crossed Fisherman by Yashar Kemal download in iPad, ePub, pdf
Kemal's books delve deeply into the entrenched social and historical conflicts that scar the Middle East. The newspapers blow him up into Turkey's most wanted criminal, turn him into an all-powerful monster, lay each latest crime at his door. Fisher Selim forces him to drop the gun and spits in his face, but doesn't turn him in.
Kemal's writing is color, images piled on top of each other like eggplants, carrots, peppers, leeks, and cauliflowers in the Istanbul bazaar. It is a city riven between super-rich and dirt-poor.
Subsequently, he was placed on trial for action in support of Kurdish dissidents. You will not find the placid ponds of suburbia here. From this one simple act, Zeynel becomes a legendary outlaw in the minds of the people, whereas Fisher Selim, passionate about the sea and haunted by a lost love, is cast as an eccentric oddball.
It is not a middle-class, intellectual Istanbul in a dark suit. Each is pursued by his own paranoia, memories of the past and hopes for the future, until their paths cross once again on Selim's boat, and their obsessions come to a resolution.
It is the smell of rotten garbage floating in the Golden Horn and it is grilled fish dripping out of a hunk of bread onto your pants. Zeynel becomes a wanted fugitive, fleeing endlessly around Istanbul, trying to stay one step ahead of the cops.
Like the Brazilian author, Jorge Amado, Kemal brings a whole world alive in his novels, a world not much known to outsiders. 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. Yashar Kemal may not be the philosopher that Orhan Pamuk is, but his Istanbul is far more lively than Pamuk's. The author's sympathy is always with the poor, the millions who toil and live in the jerry-built slums, whose homes are often knocked down by the city.
In this book, Kemal is not so much a writer as a mythmaker. Reflective and lyrical, the novel offers insight into the Turkish mentality while drawing universally valid conclusions, and manages to be both brutally savage and deeply humane. In a sudden, chance encounter in a coffee-house in a fishing village near Istanbul, Zeynel Celik shoots a local gangster.
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