September 23, 2006

The West and the East: a view from Turkey.

If I had not discovered modern literature, I would have become a bard, a singer of epic poems. I was on the verge, but then I started elementary school in a village near mine. I went on to read the classics of Russian, French and British literature, as well as of the East and West and so it was that I came to have masters such as Stendhal, Chekhov and Charlie Chaplin.

So says the great Turkish novelist Yashar Kemal in his preface to Mehmed my Hawk- seems like the Middle East isn't so far away as we might think!