Now I'll try to outline the main points I hope to discuss in my future notes.
I. As I have done from the genesis of this blog, I will mainly review and occasionally criticize some modern literary works of Persian and non-Persian writers which I think of them as having the basic factors necessary for a literary piece worth discussing. Those fundamental factors are primarily structural and aesthetical which, I believe, are the most important criteria for analyzing and evaluating a literary work.
II. I intend to read the major works of some prominent figures in the fields of psychology, mythology, and sexuality from early 20th century up until now. In this way, to maintain better understanding of the arguments, I'll look up, as much as I can, some major ideas within each field.
III. I'll introduce and discuss some narrative features of the classic masterworks of the Persian literature. I've learned and am convinced that one of the most useful strategies for an Iranian story-teller is to combine older narratives with new ones or at least to take the older stories as sources of inspiration. In telling this, I have some of Golshiri’s works of fiction in mind. I know many great writer
s like Dostoyevsky,
Kafka, and Faulkner are influenced by the Bible, Talmud, Quran, and other
ancient of sacred texts. Thus, I'll take the path of those masters either for inspiration
in writing fictions or for better understanding of their books.
IV. In the past three years I have become very interested in the Bible and other religious texts. I have read the Bible, Apocrypha, and Quran carefully and after reading them my interest has extremely intensified, so, I like to read them again and again.
V. One of the real pleasures and almost constant avocations of mine in the recent years had been and still is watching movies and writing about them. So will be it hereafter.
As you can imagine, this is a life-time project. My time is little and my enthusiasm is boundless. This could be probably the source of melancholy, because time seem treacherous and to have such fancy plans is somewhat wishful-thinking. Though I like this eagerness. Either wishful or fanciful, my dreams and wishes are very profound to me and inerasable. Literature is not waste of time and is instead a way of life without which life will become boring. Literature is a way of life.
Once upon a time, there was a little boy with brownish eyes and a terribly frail body who wasn't very interested in school, the gloomy chambers and harsh and apathetic teachers. The boy’s parents had some trouble sending him to school as the boy loved wandering under the golden sun and upon the emerald meadows much more than dusky rooms of school. The boy's older sister ‘M’, who herself was a student and really fond of fictions, cheated him by some fancy illustrated fictions and convinced him to carry out the boring task, so, the boy became familiar with books. Once the little boy grew up, he became a middle school literary teacher. ‘So it goes.’
Although that unfortunate teacher is now used to Living and teaching in gloomy rooms, but something really different from that saddening past have occurred to him. He is convinced now that if he can ramble no longer, under the glorious sun, better to search for another sun. This probably is a work of a lifetime, he thinks.
Many thanks to Hadi for editing this note.
Mahmoud, October 15, 2013