TO READ AHMET UMİT'S BAB-I ESRAR AS AN POSTMODERN WHODUNIT
The Journal of Academic Social Science Studies
After 1980, in Turkish fiction, postmodernism and thriller have been at the head of prominent genres. Especially when rapid technological improvements, raising effects of media and television on public, rising of pop culture, acceleration of individuation and alienation combined with developing of postmodern cycle, development of detective and postmodern genre also becomes inevitable. On one hand, a postmodern novel appears which systematically uses some techniques and wordings such as
... uality, metafiction theatricality, pluralism, collage, pastiche, irony, silence, anachronism etc. On the other hand the thriller, which consists of crime, murder, tension that conditioned a different form in the context of becoming urbanized, individuation, technological developments, outshines as a significant inclination. Ahmet Umit is pioneer of the writers who utilize together these two apprehensions which quite look like different in the way of current techniques, fiction and wording features. In substance Umit, who is shown among the important detective authors of after 1980, synthesizes postmodern techniques with detective stories in his many novels. In this context, at the head of Ahmet Umit's assessable novels is Bab-ı Esrar which he narrates a current murder inquiry with fantastic transitions within historic, sufic and mystic events as part of ġems-i Tebrizi. In Bab-ı Esra, a detective story that based upon an inquiry of fire and murder sustained in Konya on the eve of 21 st century, is appended to murder of ġems-i Tebrizi with postmodern techniques like intertextuality, palimpsest, collage, pluralism and metafiction. So an important example of postmodern whodunit emerges.