recit

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a brief novel, usually with a simple narrative line. One of the writers who consciously used the form was Andre Gide. Both L'Immoraliste (1902; The Immoralist) and La Porte etroite (1909; Strait Is the Gate) are examples of the recit. Both are studiedly simple but deeply ironic tales in which the first-person narrator reveals the inherent moral ambiguities of life by means of seemingly innocuous reminiscences. Another example of a recit is Albert Camus's La Chute (1956; The Fall)

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