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n. pl. ro·mans-fleuves (rō-mäN′flœv′)
A long novel, often in many volumes, chronicling the history of several generations of a family, community, or other group and often presenting an overall view of society during a particular epoch. Also called saga novel.

[French : roman, novel + fleuve, river.]


n, pl romans-fleuves (rɔmɑ̃flœv)
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a novel or series of novels dealing with a family or other group over several generations
[literally: stream novel]


(ˈsɑ gə)

n., pl. -gas.
1. a medieval Scandinavian prose narrative of events in the lives of historical or legendary individuals or families.
2. any narrative of heroic exploits.
3. Also called sa′ga nov`el. a form of novel that chronicles the members or generations of a family or social group.
[1700–10; < Old Norse; c. saw3]


A French term meaning stream novel, used tomean a series of novels involving a family over several generations.
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Although it is advertised as "the first part of Gyorgy Konrad's roman-fleuve" (rege-nyfolyam), Falevelek szelben (Asatas I) (Leaves in the Wind [Excavation I]) is not really a novel.
What is conspicuously absent from his anthology is commentary on such tendentious works as Pour un Realisme socialiste (1935) and Les Communistes (1949-51), a roman-fleuve that was rewritten in the sixties so as to excise from it a defamatory portrayal of fellow communist Paul Nizan, to mention but one reason.
His fiction emulated the now-also-defunct French genre of the roman-fleuve or literary river, once exemplified by the work of Jules Romains, in which a group of characters is followed through the passage of decades.