Spaces of suicide: Architectural metaphors and leitmotifs in Sadeq Hedayat's Blind Owl


Journal of Architecture, vol.12, no.2, pp.193-198, 2007 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 12 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/13602360701363536
  • Journal Name: Journal of Architecture
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.193-198
  • Erciyes University Affiliated: Yes


Blind Owl (1936),by the Iranian writer Sadeq Hedayat (1903–1951), is a narrative focusing on the meaning of life and death. Hedayat makes use of architectural metaphors and leitmotifs in this short novel in order to maintain the fictional aura essential for his literary concepts. Probing these metaphors may shed a light on the occult side of the novella as well as creating another conceptual dimension.