Other literary forms
A prolific author, Yashar Kemal (keh-MOL) has published collections of journalism, essays, and short stories in addition to his many novels. His reportage appeared in Yanan ormanlarda elli gün (1955; fifty days in burning forests), Çukurova yana yana (1955; the Chukurova up in flames), and Peri bacalar (1957; fairy chimneys); these works were consolidated in Bu diyar batan baa (1971). Further collections of his journalism are Bir bulut kaynyor (1974) and Allahin askerleri (1978). Kemal’s essays have appeared in Ta çatlasa (1961) and Baldaki tuz (1974). Many of his short stories are collected in Sar sçak (1952), Üç anadolu efsanesi (1968; three Anatolian legends), and Bütün hikâyeler (1967; Anatolian Tales, 1968).
Kemal has also published poetry and folklore material in various Turkish periodicals. His first work was a collection of folk elegies, Atlar (1943), and he has turned some Turkish folk material into screenplays. In addition, Kemal has created stage versions of his novella Teneke (pr. 1965) and his novel Yer demir, gök bakr (pr. 1966). Actor and director Peter Ustinov adapted Kemal’s first novel, Memed, My Hawk, for a film that was released in 1984.