ince Memed / Memed My Hawk / Mèmed le mince / Memed mein Falke
Yasar Kemal / Yashar Kemal / Yachar Kemal
Memed running through the thistles - Illustrated by ismail Gülgeç
First a little note to our readers who want to read the book in French: In the French rendition of the book (translated by Münevver Andaç), the first volume is called Mèmed le mince. The sequel is called Mèmed le faucon. This second book tells the story of Memed's struggle with Ali Safa Bey:
Mèmed le Mince, le bandit d'honneur turc, le jeune et légendaire hors-la-loi, aide les paysans du village de Vayvay, soumis à l'implacable oppression de l'insatiable Ali Safa Bey, à changer d'attitude. Grâce à la présence de cet allié mystérieux et puissant, les actes de résistance se multiplient, la rébellion éclate. Mèmed quitte son refuge et, sûr de la complicité profonde du peuple, tue Ali Safa Bey. Un roman d'aventures, une épopée lyrique et aussi un roman réaliste.
Yashar Kemal b. 1923
ince Memed - Notes --- Posted by Lale on 2/3/2006, 15:14:39
Memed My Hawk: The Turkish title is ince Memed. "ince" means thin, skinny, slim, narrow. Memed is a common Turkish name, but the version which is used today is a slightly modernized version: Mehmet. Compared to Mehmet (which is more common in the cities), Memed is considered to be village-like, folksy; also pure, unaltered, authentic.
The Movie - Peter Ustinov
In 1984, Peter Ustinov made the movie of Memed My Hawk (also known as The Lion and the Hawk) in which he played Abdi Agha.
Chukurova - Adana - Taurus Mountains - Posted by Lale on 2/3/2006, 15:19:26
Chukurova (Çukurova (sunken plain), "ch" stands for a "c" with a cedilla, ç) is the name of the delta.
Adana is Turkey's 4th largest city.
Taurus Mountains - Toros daglari
Situated in the middle of the Çukurova Plain (Cilician Plain), Adana is the fourth largest city of Turkey, nestled in the most fertile agricultural area of the whole country which is fed by the lifegiving waters of River Seyhan.
The city's name originates in mythology, where it was said to have been founded by Adanus, the son of Kronus (God of Weather).
Due to its being in the heart of that fertile center Adana has been an important city for many civilizations for centuries dating back to the Hittites. The precious River Seyhan is spanned by the ancient Tashköprü (Stone Bridge) which was built by Hadrian and then repaired by Justinian. It is worth noting that to build a 300-yard-long stone bridge in Roman times was a real feat.
Also check out: http://i-cias.com/e.o/adana.htm
Çukurova - Adana - Taurus Mountains - Posted by Lale on 2/3/2006, 15:21:49
Turkey: You can see the Taurus mountain range in this photo (dark green strip along the Mediterranean coast). High resolution true color satellite image of Turkey (Image taken by the MODIS instrument on NASA's Terra satellite at 08:45 UTC September 21, 2002.)
Adana - Posted by Lale on 2/3/2006, 15:26:15
Adana and River Seyhan:
Taurus Mountain range - Posted by Lale on 2/3/2006, 15:28:54
Toros daglari (very dark green over the delta)
Toros - Posted by Lale on 2/3/2006, 15:31:18
A view from the Taurus:
Chukurova University - Posted by Lale on 2/3/2006, 15:33:42
University of Çukurova