One of the main protagonists in the outer frame story of Elif Shafak's The Forty Rules of Love is a man named Aziz Z. Zahara. This name immediately struck me because of its interesting relationship with the alphabet: his first name (like the alphabet) starts with A and ends with Z, while his last name starts with Z and ends with A. Given that it's not his real name but one he chose for himself, and that he discusses the significance of letters in his life, I wondered if there's some hidden meaning or symbolism behind this name.

Is there any significance to the fact that his name goes "A...z Z Z...a"?


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