THE SIGNIFICANCE OF IMAGINATION IN CERVANTES? DON QUIXOTE AND YA?AR KEMAL?S IRON EARTH, COPPER SKY AND THE UNDYING GRASS M

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Author(s): Mehtap SARIARSLAN

It is a fact that Cervantes is one of the most remarkable writers of the Western literature, and Don Quixote is his masterpiece which has been accepted by the literary circles as one of the first novels in World Literature, and one of the first modern novels as well despite its publication in the early 17th century. Don Quixote, the protagonist of the novel, has become a symbolic hero all over the world with his imaginary battles with the windmills. Using the techniques such as stream-of-consciousness monologues, meta-fiction, irony, intertextuality and playing with the sense of reality of the reader, Cervantes created a masterpiece which still preserves its eminence in the literary world. Similarly, Ya?ar Kemal is one of the most important Turkish writers of the 20th century who mostly wrote novels depicting the lives and traditions of the ordinary people dwelling in Çukurova region. With the translation of several of his novels, his works took their part in the World Literature attracting the attention of the Western reader as well. Both Cervantes and Kemal liked to use characters that live in imaginary worlds; thus, both writers used dreams as an important tool to blur the distinction between reality and imagination

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