Turkish author Yasar Kemal dead at 91

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s state-run news agency says Yasar Kemal, one of Turkey’s best-known novelists with worldwide readership, has died. He was 91.

The Anadolu Agency says Kemal died Saturday at a hospital in Istanbul.

Kemal was the author of “Memed, My Hawk” a story about feudal relations in Turkey’s traditional southern regions. Like most of more than 35 other novels he has written, it was widely translated.

The character of Memed was drawn in part from Kemal’s memory of his mother’s brother, an outlaw named Mayro — “the best-known outlaw in the eastern Anatolia, Iran and Caucasus areas.”

Kemal’s ability to delve into human nature and bring out the universal traits in his characters has made his novels widely accessible. Nine of his novels were made into films.