His Place in the Turkish Literature
Kemal Bilbaşar is considered one of Turkey's key writers of short stories and novels of the period after the Second World War.
Behçet Necatigil, Edebiyatimizda Isimler (Names in Our Literature), 1980:
Bilbaşar sets his stories in Anatolian small towns. Beliefs, traditions, customs, conflicting interests are treated with traditional sensitivity and descriptions are nourished with local color as the story explores causes and consequences. He pursues with satire and strong realism the art of rural story writing which started with Refik Halit.
Tahir Alangu, Cumhuriyetten sonra Hikaye ve Roman (Short Story and Novel after the Republican Era), 1965:
Kemal Bilbaşar is one of our avant-garde story writers. His art is descriptive, observative, critical, realistic. Of all our writers, Bilbaşar sets his stories in the largest variety of environments, writes in the widest variety of styles. His stories are filled with villagers of the Anatolian steppes with scorched faces and bitter looks in their eyes, who hide behind a silence, with hatred from continuous injustices soaring from inside, who are on the brink of revolt. As he stresses the discomfiture of the social order, the author traces down to the roots their causes instead of accusing anyone.
Doğan Hızlan, Hürriyet Gösteri (Daily Hürriyet 's Art Magazine), 1983:
From a literary and sociological viewpoint, Bilbaşar's works carry a priceless contribution to the valorization of the small town element in literature.
Olcay Önertay, Cumhuriyet Dönemi Türk Roman ve Öyküsü (Turkish Novel and Short Story in the Republican Era), 1984:
In his writings Kemal Bilbasar wrote about the daily problems and lives of the people, their beliefs and customs, often with humor but never deviating from critical social realism. He preferred to write about poverty-stricken people who make up the large majority of our society. With his choice of subjects, settings and characters, he wrote in a pure language often colored with local dialects, in short sentences, in a clear and brisk style.