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  • adj. Any form of writing style that deviates from the norm of technical conventions used in writing literature.


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  • The foremost anti-novel is Aldiss' Report on Probability A -- I have a post about it somewhere on my blog

    Robert Jordan, The Wheel of Time 11: Knife of Dreams (2005)

  • As you know, Bob, but as other readers of comment boxes may not, Brian Aldiss wrote an amazing anti-novel in Report on Probability A -- a book in which nothing happens and the reader is snowed in, buried under a layer of incessant, irrelevant description.

    Robert Jordan, Wheel of Time 9: Winter’s Heart (2000)

  • And another very intelligent, perceptive man, Rich Puchalsky, developed an interesting trash-aesthetic argument: The foremost anti-novel is Aldiss' Report on Probability A -- I have a post about it somewhere on my blog

    Archive 2010-06-01

  • To complaints of this kind — which have been voiced with regard to the earlier books as well — defenders of Rushdie have responded by arguing that he works, and should therefore be read, within two narrative traditions: of the Western novel (with its subgenre, the anti-novel à la Tristram Shandy), and of Eastern story-cycles like the Panchatantra, with their chainlike linking of self-contained, shorter narratives.

    Palimpsest Regained

  • Moreover, the character of arts included in the system has changed: a new architecture, abstract painting and sculpture, music in a twelve-tone scale, and the anti-novel have appeared.


  • They do not have to be, I think, but in a time of non-students and anti-novel, the non-review was destined to appear.

    Every Man His Myth

  • We object precisely to its absurdity; if that's a novel, we say, I'm going to write an anti-novel.

    Life and Death of the Novel

  • Then the anti-novel — Joseph Andrews, Love and Freindship I regard as anti-novels avant la lettre — points the way to a new novel, a new convention; once again strong minds are revolted by arbitrariness and absurdity.

    Life and Death of the Novel

  • C is a 1960s-style anti-novel that's fundamentally hostile to the notion of character and dramatises, or encodes, a set of ideas concerning subjectivity.

    The Guardian World News

  • Thus, as if it were not enough that the political and collective urgencies of the sixties consigned the anti-hero and the anti-novel to the ash-can of history, we now find them being revived as a paradoxical sign of the good old days when all we had to worry about were psychological problems, momism, and whether television would ruin American culture.

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