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or Bil·dungs·ro·man  (bĭl′do͝ongz-rō-män′, -do͝ongks-)
A novel whose principal subject is the moral, psychological, and intellectual development of a usually youthful main character.

[German : Bildung, formation (from Middle High German bildunge, from Old High German bildunga, from bilidōn, to shape, from bilōdi, form, shape) + Roman, novel (from French, a story in the vernacular, novel; see roman).]


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a novel concerned with a person's formative years and development
[literally: education novel]


(ˈbɪl dʊŋz roʊˌmɑn, -dʊŋks-)

a novel dealing with the maturation of its protagonist.
[1905–10; < German]


A German word meaning education novel, used to mean a novel about a person’s formative experiences.
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In a bildungs roman way, the story of his youth is backfilled in two earlier films written by Nolot and directed by Andre Techine--La Matiouette [1983] and J' embrasse pas [I Don't Kiss, 1991]--which encompass his flight from his rural birthplace, his arrival in Paris after living rough in the provinces, his life as a young gigolo whose clientele included Roland Barthes, and his first return home, hair tinted blond, at the age of twenty two, in a Mercedes convertible: "a malicious pleasure of provocation," according to Nolot.