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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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A gripping bildungsroman that leaves many intriguing questions about trauma unanswered, All the Castles Burned is a powerful and poignant tale of human resilience.
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