What Is Autofiction?: Background information when reading The Book of Mother

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The Book of Mother

A Novel

by Violaine Huisman

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The Book of Mother by Violaine Huisman
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    Oct 2021, 224 pages

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What Is Autofiction?

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Covers of My Struggle, Go Tell It on the Mountain, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianAs a concept, autofiction can seem like an oxymoron. Short for autobiographical fiction, the term was coined in the 1970s by French writer Serge Dubrovsky, and it quickly became something of a buzzword in the publishing world. This blend of two seemingly disparate forms is best described as a fictionalized account of real-life events, heavily influenced by the author's own experiences.

While most of us are familiar with the notion of "writing about what you know," it may seem strange to some readers that an author would choose to frame their own life story as fiction, rather than simply pen a more recognizable memoir. Some have suggested that autofiction exists on a spectrum, from the heavily fictionalized to almost entirely true. This would go some way toward explaining why, despite the form's long history, it retains an air of mystique; its very definition and boundary lines continuing to blur and cause debate. Recognized examples of more specific types of autofiction include the...

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