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Necati Cumali (1921-2001)
1.       Roswitha
4132 posts
 16 Feb 2008 Sat 03:52 pm

Delightful poetry,while watching Cormorants in Turkey:
A prolific writer of novels, short stories, essays and plays, Cumaly is also acclaimed as a prominent poet. After graduating from the Faculty of Law at Ankara University, he practised law for many years. Major poetry collections: Yagmurlu Deniz (Rainy Sea -- winner of the 1969 Turkish Language Association Poetry Award), Ceylan Agidi (Lament of a Gazelle/1974), Bozkyrda Bir Atly (Rider on the Steppe/1981). Major short story collections: Yalniz Kadin (Lonely Woman/1955), Degisik Gozle (With a Different Eye -- winner of the 1957 Sait Faik Short Story Award), Makedonya 1900 (Macedonia 1900 -- winner of the 1972 Sait Faik Short Story Award). Major Novels: Aci Tutun (Bitter Tobacco/1974), Viran Daglar (Rugged Mountains -- winner of the 1995 Orhan Kemal and Yunus Nadi Novel Awards). Cumaly’s collected plays have been published in three volumes.

KARABATAK
Dalar gider pencereler önünde şimdi
Ilık yaz akşamlarını hatırlar
Vapurlar geçer bomboş güverteleri
Bomboş uzanan denizin üstünde
Aç bir karabatak dalar çıkar

THE CORMORANT
Now he dives deep in thought before the windows
He recalls warm summer evenings
Ships pass with empty decks
On the wide empty sea
Over and over a hungry cormorant dives
Translator(s): Ruth Christie

2.       adonis
0 posts
 16 Feb 2008 Sat 06:20 pm

I read the novel "Viran Dağlar (Rugged Mountains), and like it very much. Necati Cumalı is one of the most remarkable authors in Turkish Literature.

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