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Kemal Ates was born in Kaman, Turkey, in 1947, went to school in Ankara and studied Turkish Literature in college. After completing his Doctorate coursework in Turkic languages, he wrote his doctoral dissertation, entitled, "The Expression of Local Dialect in Turkish Novels."
Ates has been published in several magazines, including Turkish Language, Reflections, Free Expression, and Teacher's World as well as writing editorals for Milliyet and Cumhuriyet which are major national Turkish daily newspapers.
Kemal Ates paved the way for a new genre in Turkish literature, describing life in the slums or gece kondu which means "built in the night," and has received wide recognition for his works. He has received awards from the Lions Club, MAY Publishing and PEN Writer's Association. Outcasts of the Land received the "Mehmet Ali Yalcin Award for Literature" in 1991.
May 18, 2010