As the most considerable name of the Modern Turkish Novel, Orhan Pamuk uses the historical ambience of the stagnation period of the Ottoman Empire (16th and 17th centuries) and identifies the case, the characters and the other elements of fiction in accordance with it in his historical novels The White Castle and My Name is Red. In his works like Mr. Cevdet and His Sons, The Black Book, Silent House, The New Life, Snow, The Museum of Innocence and A Strangeness in My Mind, Pamuk sets 20th century as the time and focuses on Turkey of the Republican Era. In these novels, it is possible to follow political, social and economic changes that Turkey had in 20th century via their effects on events and characters. In this article, novelist’s assessments about the Turkish movements and supporters of them in Mr. Cevdet and His Sons in particular and in his novels named Silent House and A Strangeness in My Mind in which the period is set as Turkey of the 20th century are discussed.
Orhan Pamuk, Turkism, Mr. Cevdet and His Sons, Silent House, A Strangeness in My Mind.