Memed My Hawk by Kemal Yashar
Memed grows up a serf to a vicious overlord on the thistle-clad plains of Turkey's Taurus region. When his plan to escape is dashed and the young woman he loves murdered Memed makes for the mountains to become an outlaw. Before long he has transformed from a young rebel to an infamous bandit the scourge of corrupt oppressors and hero to the poor. With vividness and simplicity Kemal's classic novel evokes the fierce beauty of his country and the struggles of its oppressed people.