Kurdish giant novelist Yashar Kemal passed away at the age of 92 in a hospital in Istanbul on Saturday due to heart problems.
He had been admitted to the hospital in mid-January due to a lung infection and heart problems.
Kemal, whose writings are in Turkish, had always placed a touch of Kurdish identity and suffering in his books that include, Legend of Ararat and The Pomegranate Tree.
Kemal, who wrote more than 20 novels and nearly 10 experimental works, in addition to short stories, is also famous to be Turkey’s first candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Having both Turkish and Kurdish origins, Kemal was born in October 1923 in Osmaniye in southern Turkey. Losing his right eye due to a knife accident, the writer experienced a difficult childhood.