Roman à clef

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Using fiction to lightly disguise real persons and events, often to avoid censorship.

A Roman à clef is a novel which is non-fiction, but contains fictional names to hide the identity of those involved.

The reasons an author might choose the roman à clef format include satire; writing about controversial topics and/or reporting inside information on scandals without giving rise to charges of libel; the opportunity to turn the tale the way the author would like it to have gone; the opportunity to portray personal, autobiographical experiences without having to expose the author as the subject; avoiding self-incrimination or incrimination of others that could be used as evidence in civil, criminal, or disciplinary proceedings; the ability to change the background and personalities of key participants; and, the settling of scores.

Examples

Sibel Edmonds, the most gagged person in US history, wrote The Lone Gladio, a roman à clef, after learning that such a book would not be subject to censorship.

The Amazon page of Tracy R. Twyman's Genuflect noted that "several of the characters in this story have certain aspects based on known, powerful figures in the modern world, I make no claim that these people are involved in any nefarious deeds such as those depicted here,"

 

Examples

Page nameDescription
Empress Bianca
Methodical Illusion
Windswept House: A Vatican Novel


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