عنوان مقاله [English]
The present research has tried to investigate the stories written by Fariborz Lorestani, a contemporary fiction writer, to find out whether they could be qualified as minimalist short stories or not. With this in view, a sample of 120 stories were selected and the research took into account the minimalist features such as compression, limited time and place, limited number of characters and tried to identify them in those stories. In the first stage, the stories were described in terms of the number, type, frequency and functions of characters. In the next stage, the research sought to figure out the reasons behind the selection of themes, characters and settings within the stories. The research indicated that a number of those minimalist features could be identified in Fariborz Lorestani's stories. In addition , the research provided a justification for the use of those features.
Keywords: Criticism, literary theory, Sudden stories, Minimalism, Fariborz Lorestani.