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Memed, My Hawk

John wrote to me from Istanbul a while ago saying I should read Yashar Kemal’s Memed, My Hawk. There were no copies in the public library here, nor in the university library, and so I turned to Amazon—not without the usual flutter of misgivings. An attractive offer of a clean used copy said one dollar, […]

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Sometime shortly before he died, my father, Olav Johannesen (b.1899), wrote a few words about his life in the fly-leaf of his Bible. Among other things he notes the following: “Went to sea April 1915. During I World War in 1917 I was in a sailing ship ‘John Locket.’ On our way from France to […]

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