Sound Metaphors in Vera Bogdanova’s novel The Season of Poisoned Fruit

2024. № 1, 98-106

Ekaterina V. Sharapova, Vinogradov Russian Language Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia, Moscow),


The paper considers sound metaphors in the novel of Vera Bogdanova The Season of Poisoned Fruit (2022). The term sound metaphor extensively refers to comparative tropes of various types (metaphors and similes) that have sounds as source domain. The novel The Season of Poisoned Fruit presents a variety of sounds as source domain (names of different types of sounds, sounds produced by objects, insects and animals, human speech, music and echo, as well as images of silence, which are the absence of sound). Moreover, it contains a variety of objects as target domain (emotional states, most often negative ones, mental states and processes, natural and weather phenomena, household items, abstract images and ideas). In the novel sounds can be not only images of comparison, but also objects of comparison in comparative tropes. Sound metaphors appear in complex combinations of metaphors, interact with objective world of the text, generating key images and leitmotifs of the text. Sound images are important at different text levels of the text: at the level of composition, in figurative language and style. Thus, sound metaphors are an important element in the imagery of the novel.

For citation:

Sharapova E. V. Sound Metaphors in Vera Bogdanova’s novel The Season of Poisoned Fruit. Russian Speech = Russkaya Rech’. 2024. No. 1. Pp. 98–106. DOI: 10.31857/S0131611724010085.


This article is published with the fi nancial support of the Russian Science Foundation (project № 23-28-00060 “Dynamics of comparative constructions and types of their interaction in modern Russian prose”).