I really enjoyed reading this post. When I first read that you were writing a blog on epiphany in Maps, I did not expect for you to translate Askar’s epiphany into one of self-discovery. I agree that the very theme of internal conflict and self shows the lack of epiphany. I believe that the narrative structure and point of view used throughout the novel emphasizes the lack of epiphany. Askar goes back and forth when he’s describing his memories, he is not yet aware of his identify, which is evident in the fragmented memories he presents to the reader. The lack of epiphany is also evident in how Askar’s identity is affiliated with Misra. He refers to himself as her third boob and third leg, this shows that Askar has not yet discovered his identity. I also find the point you made about Askar neglecting his physical identification, and that what mattered most to him is the answer to the question posed about his identity.
The ideas made in this blogpost is very related to my blogpost on beginning. You stated that Askar is still lacking epiphany in the first part of the novel, I agree with that because I believe that the novel does not begin until the second part, and that is also when Askar undergoes a state of epiphany. Askar finally believes that he wants to choose his motherland over Misra.