Yeshar Kemal's writing career dates back to 1947 when he wrote his first story.
In 1975, he published a series of stories and later wrote dozens of other books such as Hamadok, Iron Earth, Silver Sky, If You Kill a Snake, and the Gate of the Castle, See How Bloody the Euphrates is, and many other books that were translated into dozens of other languages. He has written several epic novels (Three Legends of Anatolia, The Legend of Mount Fire and The Legend of Gilgamesh) and dozens of articles. In 1995, he published a political article in a German magazine called Women. The article was titled Field of Death, in which he discusses the demands of the Kurdish people in Turkey, which caused a great reaction in the Kurdish, German and Turkish cultural and media centers.
In the same article, he points out the crimes committed against the Kurdish people, especially the destruction of more than (1000) villages and migration of its people to Turkey and Europe, as well has committing (1800) crimes by unknown perpetrators and disappearance of dozens of people.
Yeshar Kemal has been awarded dozens of awards inside and outside Turkey, such as the Sino del Dusa, the International Catalonia Award, the Courage of Resistance Award by the International Human Rights Organization, the Doctorate Award by the University of Berlin, and several other prizes inside and outside Turkey, and was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in the 1980s.
He is still considered one of Turkey's most famous writers, along with Aziz Nasin, Nazım Hikmet, Mahmut Makal and Fakir Baykurt.
Yaşar Kemal was born in 1923 to poor Kurdish parents in the Çakurca area of Van.
He died on 28-02-2015.