Orhan Kemal

Orhan Kemal (1914–1970) was the pen name of Turkish writer Mehmet Raşit Öğütçü, whose novels described the life of Turkey’s downtrodden and poor. He was born in Ceyhan, Adana, the son of an MP and government minister Abdülkadir Kemali Bey, and Azime Hanım. Arrested more than once for suspected subversive activities, he died in hospital in Sofia in 1970 while on a visit to the Bulgarian Writers Union.

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