The Relation between the Self (Mümtaz) and the “Other” (Suat) in Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar’s A Mind at Peace (Huzur)

  • Aysel KAMAL


Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar (1901-1961) is one of the most widely studied researchers
among Turkish writers in modern literary. The works of Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar are being
studied within the framework of science branches such as psychology, sociology,
philosophy, especially literature.
Tanpinar has studied the works of leading psychologists such as S. Freud and C. Jung
on human and self. In Tanpınar’s creativity, everything is shaped around a human being.
Components such as life, death, love, time and setting come to life with the human
This is the reason that Tanpinar is constantly right after every conscious person. As for a
conscious person, he needs another to become aware of his own self. Tanpinar implies
to readers the repressed conscious side of the Mumtaz character with the help of Suat
character in the novel “Huzur”. The characters given as these two opposing poles in the
novel are actually regarded as outpouring ideas stemming from suppressed sides of
Mumtaz’s consciousness.
The purpose of the study is to reveal how the construction of a common identity evolved
as an outpouring of Mumtaz (I) and Suat (the other) characters in the novel “Huzur” of
Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar.