What are the characteristics, or features, of the autobiographical novel?

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The most primary characteristic of an autobiographical novel is the use of the literary fiction techniques relating to autobiographical fiction, or the combination of the elements of autobiography and fiction. These may seem at first glance like fundamentally incompatible genres, but the elements that differentiate the autobiographical novel from strict nonfiction are largely symbolic, if a bit exaggerated. The autobiographical novel by its nature need only include the author as a protagonist, even if the settings and characters are allusions to real places and people or even complete fabrications.

Autobiographical novels usually have plots that concern profound events in the authors life and almost always revolve around some cognitive or spiritual change within the protagonist. Relationships, war, or family tragedy are common topics, and by definition, the subject matter of the novel would have to revolve around experiences with which the author is familiar.

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