Investigation of Linguistic Aspects and Sufi Motifs in The Novel the New Life by Orhan Pamuk

Document Type : Research Article


1 Department of Russian and Foreign Literature, Institute of Philology and Intercultural Communication, Kazan Federal University

2 Kazan State University

3 Department of Germanic Philology and Scandinavistics, Petrozavodsk State University



The article investigates the relationship between East and West, which is a part of an essential area in literary criticism – the study of national, cultural, political self-identification, and language of the person and people as a whole. In this work, the influence of Sufism on Orhan Pamuk's work, as well as its linguistic features, are investigated. The material is O. Pamuk's novel The New Life. The work of a modern writer is related to the genre of a family-household chronicle and a detective novel. The transformation of one of the prominent motifs of Sufism – the motive of search – into the detective motive in modern, postmodern literature is studied. The article reveals the complexity of the ideological and aesthetic worldview of the author, formed under the influence of East and West. Allusions and reminiscences associated with Western culture are revealed in the work of the Turkish writer. The authors analyse the central plot motifs, postmodern artistic techniques in the context of the whole artistic works of the writer.