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Kemal Tahir
Born (1910-03-13)March 13, 1910
Istanbul, Ottoman Empire
Died April 21, 1973(1973-04-21) (aged 63)
Occupation Novelist
Alma mater Galatasaray High School

Kemal Tahir (March 13, 1910 – April 21, 1973) was a prominent Turkish novelist and intellectual. Tahir spent 13 years of his life imprisoned for political reasons and wrote some of his most important novels during this time.

His most important novels include Esir Şehrin İnsanları (1956), Devlet Ana (1967) and Yorgun Savaşçı (1965), in all of which Tahir uses historical background to support his characters and settings. Some of his novels were adapted into popular films. Tahir also wrote pulp fiction under pseudonyms for financial reasons.

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