nouveau roman

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(‘new novel’),

a term applied to the work of a wide range of modern French novelists, including Nathalie Sarraute (1900–99), Claude Simon (1913–2005), Marguerite Duras (1914–96), Alain Robbe‐Grillet (1922– ), and Michel Butor (1926– ). These writers reacted against the illusion of order in the traditional novel, and experimented with techniques that were intended to dispel the collective significance of events and to question the omniscience of narrator and author.

Subjects: Literature.

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