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Kemal Tahir

The writer of such significant, historically-themed Turkish novels from the 1950s and ’60s as Devlet Ana and Esir Sehrin Insanlari, he also published pulp fiction works under a number of pen names. After falling out of senior high school, he started his journalism profession using the Istanbul-based papers Kid Posta and Vakit, Haber. A politics activist and a article writer, he was imprisoned for twelve years on fees of sedition. His initial relationship, to Fatma Irfan, started in 1937. Pursuing his discharge from jail, he wedded Semiha Sidika. In the past due 1930s, he and fellow Turkish writer Nazim Hikmet had been both billed with sedition.

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