Asian studies in Lithuania
Original language: (Lietuvių) turkų
Translated from: (Lietuvių) turkų
Authors: Reşat Nuri Güntekin
Translated by: Kobeckaitė, Halina
ISBN: 9789955249108
Published in: Vilnius
Published on: 2009
Publisher: Alma littera

“The Wren” is a novel about a young girl Feride living in the early twentieth century Turkey. She gets the nickname “The Wren” for her vivacity and mischief. When she grows up she falls in love with Kamran- intelligent and responsible boy. But unfortunately she finds out that he has cheated on her and Feride decides to run away from home. She goes to a small village where she teaches children. In the village she experiences what is poverty and misery. Feride tries to help her students, even decides to adopt a little girl. When Feride finally feels happy she is unexpectedly sent to a different place due to bad intentions around her. Later she has to move from town to town several times again.

This novel is one of the most impressive stories in Turkish literature. The novel perfectly reveals people’s lives and behavior at that time. The story shows 20th century Turkey, it\’s culture and influence of religion for people and especially for women. Novel is interesting because it reveals different groups of society, from aristocrats to ordinary villagers. The book was translated to many languages. Novel is also liked for remarkable and unique characters.

Reşat Nuri Güntekin (1889 –1956) is a Turkish novelist and storywriter. His best known novel is Çalıkuşu (\”The Wren\”, 1922). The movie was filmed on this book in 1966, a TV series were produced in 1986 and in 2013. His narrative has a precise style with a realistic tone. His other significant novels include Yeşil Gece (\”The Green Night\”) and Yaprak Dökümü (\”The Fall Of Leaves\”).

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