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Metafiction

Before

1615 In the second part of the novel Don Quixote, by Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes, the eponymous fictional hero is aware that the first part had been written about him.

1759–67 Anglo-Irish novelist Laurence Sterne’s fictional autobiography Tristram Shandy contains so many digressions that the author is not born until Volume III.

1944 Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges’ Ficciones plays with the nature of fiction in a series of enigmatic and mesmerizing short stories.

After

1987 American author Paul Auster’s The New York Trilogy twists the form of the detective novel and makes the reader question the tropes of the ...

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