Yakub Kadri Karaosmanoğlu

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Yakub Kadri Karaosmanoğlu
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Born (1889-03-27)March 27, 1889
Cairo, Ottoman Empire (Today Egypt)
Died December 13, 1974(1974-12-13) (aged 85)
Ankara, Turkey
Occupation novelist, journalist, diplomat
Nationality Turkish
Period 1909–1974

Yakub Kadri Karaosmanoğlu (pronounced [jaːˈkup kadˈɾi kaˈɾaosmanoːɫu]; March 27, 1889 – December 13, 1974) was a Turkish novelist, journalist, diplomat, and senator.

Early life[edit]

Karaosmanoğlu was born in Cairo in 1889. He was the son of Abdülkadir Bey, a member of the Karaosmanoğulları family which started to gain a reputation in the 17th century around the Manisa region. His mother was İkbal Hanım, a woman in İsmail Paşa's palace community. Until the age of six, he was raised in Cairo, after which his family moved to their homeland, Manisa. He completed his primary education in Manisa, and in 1903, they moved to İzmir.


His novel Yaban (Stranger, 1932) depicts the bitter experiences of a Turkish intellectual, Ahmet Celal, in the countryside after losing his arm in the Battle of Gallipoli. Though categorized as naturalist, the novel has a romantic, anti-pastoral quality.

His novel Panorama analyzes the political, social, and economical changes during the transition from the Ottoman Empire period to the Republic of Turkey period. It is considered to be a "generation novel" as the story is based on the lives of several generations of the same family during this transitional period.

He was one of the theorists of the Kadro movement.


  • "Bir Serencam"(An Adventure) (1913) An Event or Result
  • "Kiralık Konak"(The Rented Mansion) (1922)
  • "Nur Baba"(Baba Nur) (1922)
  • "Rahmet"(Mercy) (1923)
  • "Hüküm Gecesi"(Night of Provision) (1927) Night of Verdict
  • "Sodom ve Gomore" (Sodom and Gomorrah)(1928)
  • "Yaban"(Strange) (1932) A stranger or a Wild One
  • "Ankara" (1934)
  • "Ahmet Haşim" (1934)
  • "Bir Sürgün"(A Deportation) (1937) An Exile
  • "Atatürk" (1946)
  • "Panorama 1" (1950)
  • "Panorama 2" (1954)
  • "Zoraki Diplomat"(Forced Diplomat) (1954) Pseudo Diplomat
  • "Hep O Şarkı"(Always The Same Song)(1956)
  • "Anamın Kitabı"(The Book of My Mother) (1957)
  • "Vatan Yolunda"(On The Path of the Nation (1958)
  • "Politikada 45 Yıl" (1968)
  • "Gençlik ve Edebiyat Hatıraları"(Memoirs of Youth and Literature) (1969)