This study examines Elif Şafak’s Flea Palace and Georges Perec’s Life: A User’s Manual comparatively in terms of form and content. The similarities consist of the fact that both works take place in a ten-flat apartment and narrate the stories of people who live there and both novels present a case of metafiction. The difference is about the authors’ aims. Elif Şafak advances an adversary discourse about the modernization of Turkey after 1950s by placing her novel in a historal and social framework. Perec, on the other hand, constructs a playful text without any historical and sociological reference in keeping with the Oulipo movement.
Keywords: Flea Palace, Life: A User’s Manual, metafiction, playfulness, apartment.