The Profundity of Obscurity in Orhan Pamuk's "The Black Book"

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I propose to examine The Black Book via two notions: obscurity and depth. I contend that the linkage of these two variables drives the characters' development while organizing much of the novel's intellectual drama. Often appearing together, figures of distance, darkness, depth, and haze pervade the narrators' metaphor and imagery. My intuition is that in this book, profundity stems from obscurity - not obscurity narrowly conceived, as semantic and syntactical difficulty, but rather as a kind of productive lacuna, or a making present through absence.

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