It's interesting and informative to consider the various ways fiction can be viewed as minimalist that goes far beyond mere story length.
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"Old or new, fiction can be minimalist in any or all of
several ways. There are minimalisms of unit, form and scale: short words, short
sentences and paragraphs, super-short stories, those three-eighth-inch thin novels
aforementioned, and even minimal bibliographies (Borges' fiction adds up to a
few modest, though powerfully influential, short-story collections). There are
minimalisms of style: a stripped-down vocabulary; a stripped-down syntax that
avoids periodic sentences, serial predications and complex subordinating
constructions; a stripped-down rhetoric that may eschew figurative language
altogether; a stripped-down, non-emotive tone. And there are minimalisms of
material: minimal characters, minimal exposition ("all that David
Copperfield kind of crap," says J.D. Salinger's catcher in the rye),
minimal mises en scene, minimal action, minimal plot."
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