Monday, October 26, 2009

Autobiographical novel

A novel in which the author claims to be telling the real and true account of their life. Usually of interest only when hyphenated by such things as a crack, gambling, or sex addiction, or any of several forms of abuse--although the more graphic (but not disturbingly graphic), the better. If you have had a dull life it is recommended that in true writerly fashion you make something up. Either that or develop a conceptual strategy to make it more interesting.

See Zhang Huan, etc

2 comments:

Matt said...

i think the best autobio novels are the ones in which the author doesn't claim to be telling the real and true account of their life. i think lots of them are done well.

typingspace said...

i like the ones where the last chapter ends with the author right in the middle of their addictions. ie. 'my boring middle-class childhood has made me who i am; but it is my current & rampant cocaine use that makes me the poet i am.' etc...