Memet Fuat Publishing Award 2010

The unforgettable novel of Fakir Baykurt, teacher, intellectual and one of the most proficient writers of Turkish literature, is reintroduced to the child readers. In this novel, Baykurt hosts a character that has influenced him greatly during his childhood years spent in the village Akçaköy (Burdur). The author says, “Childhood is not just eight to ten years remembered by adults. It is a basic, more substantial period of life”. Baykurt  takes today’s children to the silence of the fertile fields of Anatolia with his novel that carries the smell of freshly cut watermelon, villages, vegetable gardens and herds.


Tahir spends the hot summer season in their  vegetable garden where he guards the production.  One day stalwart Lovelorn Ali, the shepherd, who is back from his military service stops by the garden. That very day Lovelorn Ali and Tahir have a friendly chat for the whole day but at the same time Ali does not refrain from fooling Tahir…

Fakir Baykurt

Fakir Baykurt was born in 1929.  After graduating from the university, where he studied teaching,  he worked as a secondary school teacher and then as a school inspector. Baykurt received many awards with his stories and novels. He died in 1999, in Germany, where he lived for long years in the last period of his life.