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Book : Memed, My Hawk, Author: Yashar Kemal, Review: Rizvee Hasan

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‘Memed, My Hawk’ offers high adventure in southern Turkey in 1920s.This is not a fairy tale.There were obvious & practical reasons behind every doings & not doings by the characters portrayed here.That’s what makes the events relatable & most importantly, accessible.Written in such a way that, at first anyone would take it as a folklore which does not represent the timeline on which it was set in.Naivety in the conversations troubled me a lot but an honest description of the complexities kept me on the track.

This book seemingly offered a shadow ‘Robin Hood’ story we all know already.We all share an interest in knowing the ‘Robin Hood in the making’ part.This book also confronts the readers by offering exactly that in the beginning.But to me this very volume on the whole is actually the backstory of the emergence of a true outlaw who has refused to accept the bounty of amnesty offered to him & rather had done exactly what he had to do all the way.This is important because to whatever extent one might romanticizing the problem, the struggle against injustice seldom comes to an end.So one lifetime of a blessed Memed is not enough to bring social justice.The savior must be on the track.The watchful protector needs to be on the watch.Yasar Kemal did exactly what my conscience suggested him to do.

The writer actually had no intention of creating a so called ‘Hero’ rather he believed ‘heroes’ are in effect instruments wielded by people.As he wonderfully states,

“……That is because there is a germ of revolt within every human being, just as there is a creative power, and it is this feeling of revolt that produces the “committed person.”

And I must say the wielding was solid enough to recognize this piece as a huge success.


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