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Critique of Novel/ The Reality at the Altar of Power: A review of Dear Mim as metafiction, Mahshad Shahbazi. Quarterly book review literature & Art. 2020; 5 (7 and 8) :121-132
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As a type of writing originating in postmodernism, metafiction by breaking fictional frameworks and distorting boundaries of imagination and reality tries to reveal the artificial nature of reality and its constructedness in relation to the dominant power discourses. Thus, every playful chaos in the postmodern novel form stems from the depths of critical thinking in postmodernist skepticism about the mechanism of the contemporary world. Therefore, in the present study, reviews the story of Dear Mim, by Mohammad Hassan Shahsavari, on the basis of postmodernist ideas and shows the author's success in utilizing metafiction for presenting postmodern content. It also provides an answer to the main question as to what extent is Dear Mim derived from a postmodern unconscious self-awareness. Meaning that how much it is aware of its artificiality and whether it is the result of the liberation of the imagination and a deep internalized philosophy. According to the findings of this study, it can be argued that although Dear Mim has a multilayered and nested structure, a fragmented and incoherent form and complex narrative, and It depicts the family rift in today's world and appears to be successfully postmodern in presenting a metafiction, but as a pre-designed template that is not distorted by the postmodernist content, by its very nature it is essentially in fundamental conflict with the rules breaking and structure escaping nature of postmodernism.
 
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2020/02/8 | Accepted: 2020/02/8 | Published: 2020/02/8

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