Journal of History School


Within The Context of Fiction-Nonfiction: Death in Baghdad or The Life and Death of al-Hallaj

Fictional texts are not exactly a reflection of real life. Its are the new whole formed by combining some pieces taken from real life. Historical novels are literary genres that contain the common elements of truth and fiction more intensely than other genres. Hallac-ı Mansur has a very important place in Turkish culture, Sufism and religious life as a source of value and inspiration with his life story and ideas. In this study, where the document analysis method was used, Lerch's (2000) Death in Baghdad: Hallac-ı Mansur was analyzed in the context of a fictional text-truth. Uncovering the truth in the literary text will provide important clues in the determination of the author-text link in the analysis of literary works. In this case, the issues of literary text-truth should be clarified. In the work formed by two intertwined main plots, while the frame plot formed the disappearance of the orientalist professor, one of the novel heroes, and the experiences of the journalist looking for him; The core plot is the professor's diary. The transition from the frame plot to the core plot - what is being told daily - has a fantastic-science fiction feature. The life of Hallac-ı Mansur is conveyed by the flashback in the diary. In the context of fictional text-truth, it was adhered to the real life of Hallac-ı Mansur. It is important for our literary history that a tragic hero who chooses to die for the sake of the values he believes in is chosen as the subject of the novel.


New Turkish Literature, Sufism, Hallac-ı Mansur, Historical Novel

Author : Vedat KURUKAFA
Number of pages: 530-550
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