roman fleuve

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Noun1.roman fleuve - a French novel in the form of a long chronicle of a family or other social group
novel - an extended fictional work in prose; usually in the form of a story
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A panel on "the family" in Radwa Ashour's works examined traits of the epic in Al Tantoureya as an Arab roman fleuve and Arab family relations across generations, with special regard to mothers and daughters.
Yet his enormous body of work in many genres forms a roman fleuve of continuous though fragmentary autobiography.
Which is not to say that women in this muscular roman fleuve function exclusively as delectable "recreation for the warrior" (Nietzsche, in one of his worst moments).