Yaşar Kemal

1923 - 2015

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Yaşar Kemal (Turkish pronunciation: [ˈjaʃar ceˈmal]; born Kemal Sadık Gökçeli; 6 October 1923 – 28 February 2015) was a Turkish writer of Kurdish origin and human rights activist and one of Turkey's leading authors. He received 38 awards during his lifetime and had been a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature on the strength of Memed, My Hawk. An outspoken intellectual, he often did not hesitate to speak about sensitive issues, especially those concerning the oppression of the Kurdish people. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Yaşar Kemal has received more than 210,428 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Yaşar Kemal is the 1,595th most popular writer (down from 1,555th in 2019), the 461st most popular biography from Türkiye (up from 530th in 2019) and the 42nd most popular Writer.

Memorability Metrics

  • 210k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 57.96

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 47

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 2.28

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 5.62

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Deniz küstü
Ölmez otu
Binboǧalar efsanesi
Turkish fiction
Yer demir, gök bakır
İnce Memed


Among writers, Yaşar Kemal ranks 1,595 out of 7,302Before him are Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Silvina Ocampo, Ibrahim ibn Yaqub, Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Arnaldur Indriðason, and Natalie Clifford Barney. After him are Mário de Andrade, Rafael Sabatini, Robert Faurisson, Jan Guillou, David Albahari, and Charles Paul de Kock.

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Among people born in 1923, Yaşar Kemal ranks 88Before him are Hank Williams, Zarifa Aliyeva, Ousmane Sembène, Valentina Cortese, André Gorz, and Richard Pipes. After him are Uri Avnery, Rudolph A. Marcus, Uziel Gal, Bettie Page, Otfried Preußler, and Masao Ono. Among people deceased in 2015, Yaşar Kemal ranks 87Before him are Cynthia Lennon, Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld, Jin Youzhi, Ruth Rendell, Akiyuki Nosaka, and Shigeru Mizuki. After him are Eldar Ryazanov, Egon Bahr, Kemal Monteno, Satoru Iwata, Jean-Pierre Beltoise, and Jenő Buzánszky.

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In Türkiye

Among people born in Türkiye, Yaşar Kemal ranks 461 out of 1,347Before him are Bardaisan (154), Dani Rodrik (1957), Namık Kemal (1840), Nizamüddin Ahmed Pasha (1281), Saint Mercurius (224), and Kemal Reis (1451). After him are Şah Sultan (1544), Muhammad Said Ramadan al-Bouti (1929), Isaac of Armenia (338), Irene Palaiologina of Trebizond (1315), Mehmet Akif Ersoy (1873), and Demetrios I of Constantinople (1914).

Among WRITERS In Türkiye

Among writers born in Türkiye, Yaşar Kemal ranks 42Before him are Kâtip Çelebi (1609), Hieronymus of Cardia (-390), George of Pisidia (580), Adnan Oktar (1956), Alexander Polyhistor (-100), and Namık Kemal (1840). After him are Muhammad Said Ramadan al-Bouti (1929), Mehmet Akif Ersoy (1873), Adamantios Korais (1748), Oribasius (325), Nicander (-250), and Quintus Smyrnaeus (400).