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 (ăn′tē-nŏv′əl, ăn′tī-)
A fictional work characterized by the absence of traditional elements of the novel, such as coherent plot structure, consistent point of view, and realistic character portrayal.

an′ti·nov′el·ist n.
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(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) Also: anti-roman or nouveau roman a type of prose fiction in which conventional or traditional novelistic elements are rejected
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(ˈæn tiˌnɒv əl, ˈæn taɪ-)

a piece of prose fiction lacking elements of novel structure, as plot or character development.
an′ti•nov`el•ist, n.
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El Narco--noise, absurdity, nothing--cannot be novelized; to recreate it, antinovels are needed.
Indeed, many of the so-called antinovels are really metafictions.
In 1972, after the publication of his last volume, he abandoned poetry (he had made his intentions clear in the liminal text of Le mecrit) and devoted himself to photography and to other kinds of writing, including antinovels and prose essays, and to his work as an editor at the Editions du Seuil.