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Eşikte Duran Bir Roman: “Aydaki Adam Tanpinar”
A Novel Standing on the Verge: “Aydaki Adam Tanpinar”

Author(s): Ayşe Ulusoy Tunçel
Subject(s): Metaphysics, Novel, Turkish Literature, Philosophy of Language, Ontology
Published by: Uluslararası Kıbrıs Üniversitesi
Keywords: Nazlı Eray; Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar; fantastic novel; magical realism; biography;

Summary/Abstract: With her works written as novels, stories, and even diaries, Nazlı Eray is one of the representatives of “fantastic” fiction and “magical realism” movement of Turkish literature. In her works, travels from real life across particular times and places are reflected to the reader with dreams and fantasies, a deliberate way of dreaming, and the connections between these travels are not found odd. Being fond of reading biographies, the writer gathers renowned people from her past on the plane of her narration by going beyond time and space record. Using the “fantastic element” and “self-narration” style, and autobiographic details in almost all of her works, the writer maintained her approach in the novel “Aydaki Adam Tanpınar” as well and fictionalized tragic life of Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar, whom she admires. Inner circle of Tanpınar also take place in the novel as characters in order to reflect the Tanpınar perception of the time. “Self-narration” style reflects the inclinations of Nazlı Eray on her books and makes it technically easier to go deep into autobiographic details. This novel of Eray contains Eray’s childhood and youth memories and 1960’s Istanbul in gloom of black and white photographs. Tanpınar’s understanding of monolithical time intersects with Nazlı Eray’s fantastic novels, which have many leaps in time and space. Furthermore, we can say that Eray could empathize with her colleague Tanpınar in terms of literary point of view.

  • Issue Year: 23/2017
  • Issue No: 90
  • Page Range: 75-95
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Turkish