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A Künstlerroman (German pronunciation: [ˈkʏnstlɐ.ʁoˌmaːn]; plural -ane), meaning "artist's novel" in English, is a narrative about an artist's growth to maturity.[1][2]

It may be classified as a specific subgenre of Bildungsroman;[3] such a work, usually a novel, tends to depict the conflicts of a sensitive youth against the values of a middle and upper class society of his or her time.


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Alasdair Gray's Lanark: A Life in Four Books consists of four books arranged in the order 3, 1, 2, 4; books 1 and 2 constituting a Künstlerroman. In John Dos Passos' U.S.A. trilogy, the Camera Eye sections add up to a modernist autobiographical Künstlerroman. John Barth's Lost in the Funhouse is a collection of short stories that are often read as a postmodernist Künstlerroman.

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1999 Malay Roy Choudhurys Chhotoloker Chhotobela


  1. ^ a b Werlock, James P. (2010) The Facts on File companion to the American short story, Volume 2, p.387
  2. ^ A Studio of One's Own: Fictional Women Painters and the Art of Fiction by Roberta White (page 13) published 2005 by Rosemont Publishing & Printing Crops. Accessed Via Google Books August 13, 2013.
  3. ^ Germaine de Staël in Germany: Gender and Literary Authority by Judith E. Martin (page 128) 2001 Fairleigh & Dickinson University Press
  4. ^ Calonne, David Stephen. Charles Bukowski. Reaktion Books, London, 2012. p. 146. ISBN 978-1-78023-023-8
  5. ^ Miriam de Paiva Vieira, "From Canvas to Paper: The Novel by Tracy Chevalier", Art and New Media: Vermeer’s Work under Different Semiotic Systems p.19
  6. ^ John Neary Something and nothingness: the fiction of John Updike & John Fowles p.54
  7. ^ Gilles Deleuze. Marcel Proust et les signes. Paris: PUF, 1964]
  8. ^ Rodríguez, Ileana; Szurmuk, Mónica (2015), The Cambridge History of Latin American Women's Literature (ebook), New York: Cambridge University Press, p. 212