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Non-fiction (opposite: fiction ) is a branch of literature . Non-fiction is the term used to describe those works that primarily want to depict an object (en: non fiction ).

The demarcation to specialist literature is fluid, but one can roughly distinguish that non-fiction is a broader term that also includes popular scientific texts, for example .

Non-fiction includes:

Today, non-fiction is increasingly published in the form of electronic media, primarily on CD-ROM or DVD and on special websites .

See also


  • Marietta Horster (ed.): Ancient specialist writers. Literary discourse and social context . Steiner, Stuttgart 2003 ( Palingenesia , Volume 80), ISBN 3-515-08243-3
  • William C. Crossgrove: The German non-fiction literature of the Middle Ages . Lang, Bern / Frankfurt am Main / New York 1994 (= German textbook collection. Volume 63), ISBN 3-906750-88-4 .
  • Christoph Meinel (Ed.): Specialist literature, library and natural science in the 19th and 20th centuries . Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden 1993, ISBN 3-447-03913-2
  • Klaus Reinhardt: From knowledge to books. Write technical and non-fiction books . Bern 2008, ISBN 978-3-456-84521-0 .
  • Helga Unger : Preamble German non-fiction literature of the Middle Ages as an expression of literary consciousness. In: Ingeborg Glier (Ed.): Work - Type - Situation. Studies on poetological conditions in older German literature. Festschrift Hugo Kuhn . Stuttgart 1969, pp. 217-251.

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Wiktionary: Non-fiction  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations