Reşat Nuri Güntekin
Original Title : Değirmen
This black humor story takes place in 1914 in a small town called Sarpnar. During a night of entertainment, with lots of alcohol and belly dancing in the house of Omer Bey, one of the guests suddenly stands up in panic and screams We are shaking, there is an earthquake! Chaos rules the drunken crowd while people push each other to get out of the house and several people get slightly injured. Rumor spreads all the way to Istanbul to the palace of the Sultan that there has been a devastating earthquake in the town of Sarpnar while in reality there was none. However things become irreversible and the Sultan decides to visit the earthquake region for support, first time the Sultan ever leaves his palace and its surroundings; the town people decide to go along with the earthquake scenario and start working to create an image of a town devastated by an earthquake.
The Mill is one of Reşat Nuri Güntekins short novels that brings readers face to face with painful truths regarding society. The novel takes an ironic look at an earthquake that was said to have taken place in Sarıpınar, the wounds it causes and the truth of how these wounds were healed! It highlights those who exploited and contrived intrigues. It was turned into a play entitled Sarıpınar 1904 by Turgurt Özakman and then a film directed by Atıf Yılmaz entitled The Mill. In this way its shock value was increased. Hikmet Altınkaynak
Influential notables from the town of Sarıpınar, far from the world and the capital, gather one night at Ömers orchard house to have a party entertained by a beautiful Bulgarian dancer, Nadya. However, after a violent drunken argument, the district official is put to bed with his head bandaged. Not knowing quite what has happened, he is upset by the talk of a light earthquake having occurred.
Before the rumour is confirmed or even accepted in the mind of the district official, Istanbul newspapers run reports of a disastrous earthquake in the district and when the government bureaucracy becomes involved the incident reaches grave proportions. And then when money is sent to alleviate the disaster and villagers, who until then had received nothing, submit demands, the situation becomes even more complex. Şehnaz Pak, Radikal Gazetesi
A film by master director Atıf Yılmaz bearing the same name as Reşat Nuri Güntekins book. The Mill
Şener Şen and Serap Aksoy share the lead roles in the production.
In 1914 in the town of Sarıpınar, the Bulgarian girl Nadya becomes a source for trouble. The dedicated local official, Halil Hilmi, wants to drive her from the village. The official meets her when for the first time he participates in a party at an orchard house. As Nadya dances the house begins to shake and everyone assumes an earthquake has taken place. When word of the earthquake spreads within the borders of the Ottoman Empire, the situation becomes even more complex. www.trtpashto.com
Sarpınar 1914, adapted from Reşat Nuri Güntekins book, tells of a rumour that circulated
of an earthquake striking a remote Ottoman town. Community notables and even the Sultans son see the rumour as a solution to the districts dire poverty. After some time, even the initiators of the rumour of an earthquake taking place begin to believe in it. The play was directed by Hakan Altıner. Hürriyet Gazetesi