Bahram Sadeghi Defines Literature



Understanding Literature
Dr. Nojoumian
January 20, 2014
Bahram Sadeghi Defines Literature
Malakut, a novelette and “The Trench and the Empty Canteens”, a collection of short
stories added to the galaxy of Persian literature a new star; a very big and special star
named Bahram Sadeghi. His style was not like anybody else before him in the Persian
literature’s history of storytelling (Taghizade qtd. In Aslani 83) and could not be imitated
by anybody after him (Saedi, “Bahram Sadeghi’s Art of Storytelling”). He also had
published some poems under the pseudonym “Sahba Meghdari”_ an anagram of his name
Bahram Sadeghi_ but giving up soon for storytelling. Exploring Sadeghi’s view toward
literature is worthwhile because of the great influence he had on the later generations of
Persian short story writers, Houshang Golshiri among the most notable ones (Golshiri).
“Mr. Writer has just started to write”, one of the short stories in the collection “The Trench
and the Empty Canteens”, is itself the story of the production of a literary work which can
gives us some clue for further research about how Sadeghi defined literature.
In the story of “Mr. Writer has just started to write”, Mr. Writer’s story “Mr.
Asbaghi will come back” is being analyzed by a strict critic who has complaints from the
beginning of the story to its end” (Sadeghi 148). The story begins in the middle of the
action. The narrator who is the conductor of the meeting starts the story by claiming that
Mr. Writer has just started to write, is a naïve writer; he believes that the writer shows a
lack of taste in naming the story “Mr. Asbaghi will come back”. He provides the basics of