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Resat Nuri Guntekin

Reşat Nuri Güntekin

Reşat Nuri Güntekin (Istanbul, 25 November 1889 - London, 7 December 1956) was a Turkish novelist, storywriter and playwright. His novel, Çalıkuşu ("The Wren", 1922) is about the destiny of a young Turkish female teacher in Anatolia; the movie was filmed on this book in 1966, and remade as TV series in 1986. His narrative has a detailed and precise style, with a realistic tone.

Biography

His father was a major in the army. Reşat Nuri attended primary school in Çanakkale, the Çanakkale Secondary School and the İzmir School of Freres. He graduated from Istanbul University, Faculty of Literature in 1912. He worked as a teacher and administrator at high schools in Bursa and Istanbul, then as an inspector at the Ministry of National Education (1931). He served as the deputy of Çanakkale between 1933 and 1943 in the Turkish Parliament, the chief inspector at the Ministry of National Education (1947), and a cultural attaché to Paris (1950), when he was also the Turkish representative to UNESCO.

After his retirement, he served at the literary board of the Istanbul Municipal Theatres. He died in London, where he had gone to be treated for his cancer. He is buried at the Karacaahmet Cemetery in İstanbul.

Works

Stories

  • Recm, Gençlik ve Güzellik (1919)
  • Roçild Bey (1919)
  • Eski Ahbab (Without known time)
  • Tanrı Misafiri (1927)
  • Sönmüş Yıldızlar (1928)
  • Leylâ ile Mecnun (1928)
  • Olağan İşler (1930)

Novels

  • Çalıkuşu (1922) (The Wren - translated as: "The Autobiography Of A Turkish Girl")
  • Gizli El (1924)
  • Damga (1924)
  • Dudaktan Kalbe (1923) (From Lips To The Heart)
  • Akşam Güneşi (1926) (Afternoon Sun)
  • Bir Kadın Düşmanı (1927)
  • Yeşil Gece (1928) (The Green Afternoon)
  • Acımak (1928) (To Pity)
  • Yaprak Dökümü (1939)
  • Değirmen (1944) (The Mill)
  • Kızılcık Dalları (1944)
  • Miskinler Tekkesi (1946)
  • Harabelerin Çiçeği (1953)
  • Kavak Yelleri (1961)
  • Son Sığınak (1961) (The Last Shelter)
  • Kan Davası (1962)
  • Ateş Gecesi (1953) (The Night Of Fire)

Theatre

  • Hançer (1920)
  • Eski Rüya (1922) (The Old Dream)
  • Ümidin Güneşi (1924) (Hope's Sun)
  • Gazeteci Düşmanı, Şemsiye Hırsızı (The Umbrella Thief), İhtiyar Serseri (1925, three works)
  • Taş Parçası (1926)
  • Bir Köy Hocası (1928)
  • İstiklâl (1933) (Independence)
  • Hülleci (1933)
  • Yaprak Dökümü (1971)
  • Eski Şarkı(1971) (The Old Song)
  • Balıkesir Muhasebecisi (1971) (The Accountant Of Balıkesir)
  • Tanrıdağı Ziyafeti (1971)

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