In Jail with Nazim Hikmet

In Jail with Nazim Hikmet

Bengisu Orhan Kemal
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Author:  Bengisu Orhan Kemal
Condition:  New
Format:  Paperback
Pages:  160
Publisher:  Saqi Books
Year:  2010
ISBN:  9780863564116

Bursa prison, mid-winter 1940. Two prisoners meet, both writers, both serving long sentences for allegedly inciting Turkish soldiers to mutiny. One is Turkey's most famous poet and communist, Nazim Hikmet; the other a young, aspiring poet, Orhan Kemal, who now shares a cell with the man whose work he has long admired.

In this prison memoir, Orhan Kemal reminisces on the time he shared with the remarkable poet and describes how Nazim inspired him to become one of Turkey's most popular and successful novelists.

A fascinating account of one of the most poignant friendships in Turkish letters, this volume includes Orhan Kemal's diary entries and Nazim's letters to him after Orhan's release from prison in 1943.